David Beckham ('David')
1 portrait on display in Room 37 at the National Portrait Gallery
David Beckham ('David')
by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Sam Taylor-Wood)
digital video displayed on plasma screen, 2004
Commissioned; made possible by J.P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions, 2004
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Artistback to top
- Sam Taylor-Johnson (Sam Taylor-Wood) (1967-), Artist. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
David is an intimate portrait, created in a single long take. Filmed in Madrid after a training session, it is simply lit from one light source. For this work, she has drawn on diverse influences from Michelangelo to Andy Warhol to present a vulnerable image of an international football icon.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Cooper, John, A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery, 2009, p. 61
- Howgate, Sarah; Nairne, Sandy, A Guide to Contemporary Portraits, 2009, p. 7
- Nairne, Sandy; Howgate, Sarah, The Portrait Now, 2006
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 267
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, pp. 266 - 267
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Poetry of Motion (27 June 2012 - 8 January 2013)
- Sporting Lives: Contemporary Portraits of Athletes and Olympians (12 July 2008 - 11 January 2009)
- Icons and Idols: Commissioning Contemporary Portraits (2
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 2004back to top
Current affairsArmed robbers raid the Northern Bank in Belfast, stealing £26.5 million. Gunmen entered the homes of two bank officials, kidnapping their families and forcing them to let them into the bank, before loaded cash into vans and drove off. Police and the British and Irish governments claimed that the Provisional IRA was responsible and several of the people arrested had PIRA, Real IRA and Sinn Féin connections.
Art and scienceA fire at Charles Saatchi's art warehouse destroys some of the icons of Brit Art. Hell by Jake and Dinos Chapman, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With and The Hut by Tracey Emin and works by Damien Hirst, Chris Ofili, Sarah Lucas, Gavin Hume and Rachel Whiteread were among the casualties.
InternationalAn earthquake in the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day causes a tsunami that kills nearly 230,000 people when it hit the coasts of Southeast Asia. The earthquake itself was the second most powerful ever recorded on a seismograph and waves from the tsunami - the most devastating in history - were up to 30 metres high.
See this portrait
On display in Room 39 at the National Portrait Gallery