Art & Design
Inside Artist Martin Creed's Armory Takeover
When Martin Creed was up for the venerable Turner Prize in 2001, his contribution to the nominees' exhibition was "Work No. 227: The Lights Going On and Off," a room in which the lights are rigged, aggravatingly, to turn on and off at one-second intervals. It caused one woman to actually hurl eggs at the walls of the Tate Britain. (Creed went on to win the Turner.) These are the kinds of works—some might call them dumb tomfoolery, others witty subversion—on view in "Back Door," the largest U.S. survey of Creed's work to date, opening today at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. (Plus his new "Mouth" video series, including a film featuring Lily Cole.) Take a tour of Creed's circus, here.