Work No. 960, 2008
Cactus plants
Thirteen parts, dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

In his works Martin Creed often uses ordinary objects, arranging them in eye-catching yet rigorous ways. Work No. 960 is a straight line of thirteen cacti from different species. Each plant is incrementally taller than the last, with the largest one rising above your head.


Work No. 190, A crumpled ball of paper in every room in a house, 1995
Letter-sized paper
Multiple parts, each part approx. 1 11/16 in. (4.5 cm) diameter
Collection of Karen and Andy Stillpass

Work No. 190 was previously realized in a private home, where a crumpled paper ball appeared in each and every room. Reappearing at the MCA in every room that is open to the public, these paper balls play with notions of art as a valuable object and subtly disrupt the usual order of the space.