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The works of Martin Creed: Genius or joke?

“I’m really scared that I’ll think it’s shit. That’s my ultimate fear with my work: what if I end up presenting this stuff that I myself don’t like?”

Martin Creed’s Work No. 1092: MOTHERS  © LINDA NYLIND

When Martin Creed was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2001, it showed him something about himself that he’d rather not have seen. “What I hated was finding out how much I wanted to win,” he says. “Prizes are stupid but God, I was a desperate man!” It’s an uncharacteristic admission in some ways—Creed casts himself as an idiot savant rather than an ambitious hustler—but it is typically disarming. He is a master of the confessional interview.

It was a relatively strong…

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