12 November 2010

Turner Prize 2010

As you may already know, from previous posts, i'm currently studying on a one year art foundation course and as part of said course, we look at anything and everything that's going on in the world of art, fashion and culture - so i thought i'd do a little post on what was discussed in this weeks contextual class!

I'm sure you've all, at least, heard of the Turner Prize - four contemporary artists nominated to win one prestigious award. The maximum age of entry is now fifty, which i personally think is too old - i think young, new, up and coming artists should get the chance to be nominated and at least get recognition for their work. ANYWAY, if you don't already know these are this years four nominees:


(Via Tate.org.uk)

He was born in Bristol, in 1960. He studied at Central St Martins, London, and at the Royal College of Art, London. He now lives and works in London. He has been nominated for his solo exhibition at Tate St Ives of paintings, that draw upon historical tradition as well as contemporary cultural and political events.


(Via Tate.org.uk)

She was born in La Coruña, Spain in 1965. She moved to the UK in 1987 and studied at Goldsmiths College, London and the Slade School of Art, London. She now lives and works in London. She's been nominated for her solo exhibition, After, at Camden Arts Centre, London. SHe uses the language of painting and sculpture to create striking works that combine formal tension with a deeper emotional presence.

Susan Philpsz

She was born in 1965, in Glasgow. She studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and the The University of Ulster. She now lives and works in Berlin. She's has been nominated for the presentations of her work, Lowlands, at the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and 'Long Gone' in the group exhibition Mirrors at the Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain. She uses her own voice to create uniquely evocative sound installations that play upon and extend the poetics of specific, often out-of-the-way spaces.

The Otolith Group

The Otolith Group was founded in 2002 by Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar. Eshun was born in London in 1966. He studied English Literature at University College, Oxford. Sagar was born in London in 1968. She studied Anthropology and Hindi at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. They have been nominated for their project 'A Long Time Between Suns', which took the form of exhibitions at Gasworks and The Showroom, London with accompanying publication. The collaborative and discursive practice of The Otolith Group questions the nature of documentary history across time by using material found within a range of disciplines, in particular the moving image.

NOW, i have to say, i'm not one for having humongous opinions on things - but i personally think there is a real lack of interest in these finalists. The Turner Prize is supposed to be about the best of British contemporary art, and i think these don't show the young British art scene in a particularly exciting, or interesting light! I think Susan Philipsz has the best work out of these four, but even her work doesn't exactly stand out to me. I think it's about time that the Turner Prize considered younger, and fresher artists!

What do you think? Who's your favourite? & do you think the age limit should be lowered or increased?

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