Turner Prize

Elizabeth Price Wins the 2012 Turner Prize

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In a year when the shortlist was incredibly strong (not to mention avant garde), the 2012 Turner Prize has just been awarded to Elizabeth Price for her solo exhibition at BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, in which she presented The Woolworths Choir of 1979, her powerful, 20-minute video work about a department store fire in Manchester that killed 10 people. What you can’t tell from looking at the still above is that it’s incongruously set to the music of the Shangri-Las.

Price is the first video artist to take home the Turner in over a decade. As Adrian Searle writes at the Guardian: “The focus and drive of Price’s work, the cutting and the atmosphere, mark her out. There are silences, bursts of music, a terrific play of words and images, and switches in tempo that take us from an analysis of church architecture to a reconstruction of the fire itself by the Manchester authorities. Her use of footage from the fire itself never feels voyeuristic or meritricious. She does a great deal in 20 minutes. Its complexity has stayed with me.”

Click through to watch a video of Price discussing her work, which she describes as moving “from something that looks like a PowerPoint lecture, to something that looks like an infomercial to something that feels like a cinematic melodrama.”
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. The four artists on the shortlist for Britain’s $65,000 Turner Prize have been announced, and surprisingly, there’s not a painter in the entire bunch; Luke Fowler and Elizabeth Price are both filmmakers, Paul Noble is the creator of “a dystopic fictional metropolis called Nobson Newtown” that’s populated by human figures drawn as excrement, and… Read More

Martin Boyce Wins the 2011 Turner Prize

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The prestigious Turner Prize has just been awarded to Martin Boyce at the BALTIC gallery in Gateshead, and this is the “a quietly atmospheric, lyrically autumnal installation” that won it. The 43-year-old can now proudly strut around as the hottest British artist under 50. Not so lucky: his fellow nominees George Shaw, Karla Black, and Hilary Lloyd.

The Glasgow-based artist’s award winning exhibition at Gateshead has drawn more than 100,000 visitors since October. What do you think of these nature-inspired forms, beloved by the judges? Are you moved by his “modernist garden” with triangle leaves and “sparse, intelligent sculptures”? Does it inspire “a new sense of poetry” in you? Check out everyone’s work after the jump, and let us know who you think should have won in the comments.
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Sound Installation Wins This Year’s Turner Prize

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Yesterday it was announced that Glasgow-born artist Susan Philipsz had won the 2010 Turner Prize for “Lowlands,” a sound installation featuring her performance of a 16th century Scottish lament by a sailor lost at sea. While it was the first time that a sound installation had even been shortlisted for the contemporary art prize, she… Read More

The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Winter’s Bone, a gritty family drama that’s set in the Midwest and based on Daniel Woodrell’s 2006 novel of the same name, won top honors at the Gotham Independent Film Awards last night. [via WSJ]

2. “How does it feel to know that you could have any man in the world? Or… Read More

The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. As his punishment for getting nabbed with music-related contraband, Lil Wayne has been moved into solitary confinement at Rikers Island. [via NYND]
2. It’s official: Zack Snyder (300 and Watchmen) is directing the new Superman movie, which Christopher Nolan is producing. Let’s hope it’s better than Superman Returns. [via … Read More

Richard Wright (No, Not That One) Wins 2009 Turner Prize

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The Turner Prize committee has announced this year’s winner for the top art prize in Great Britain, and it doesn’t involve text-based art, bodily fluids, minimalism, or performance. Instead, artist Richard Wright uses classical fresco techniques learned from Old Masters tradition to create temporary, site-specific installations like the gold-leafed piece currently residing in an empty room in the Tate Britain. The Rorschach-like mural is a far cry from the sensationalist circus of Turners past, and a dark horse winner in this year’s contest.… Read More