Yesterday, while the Hollywood Reporter was busy scooping much of the international art press on Richard Prince’s pivotal appeals case, the other half of international art press was concentrating on the announcement of the shortlist for this year’s Turner Prize, which, if we may say so, is packing some heat.
Established in 1984, the prize recognizes “British” (loosely applied) artists under 50 for outstanding achievement in the preceding 12 months. Top honor takes home £25,000 (almost $40,000) going to the winner and £5,000 (almost $8,000) to each of the shortlisted nominees.
This year’s shortlist includes some true heavyweights, with Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, for the exhibition “Extracts and Verses” at Chisenhale Gallery; David Shrigley for his Hayward Gallery solo, “Brain Activity” ; Laure Provost for Wantee, a commissioned film for Tate Britain; and Tino Sehgal, for his turns in Documenta and the Unilever Series at Tate Modern.
While much ink has been spilled already in the past day alone, comparing the merits of the various artists, we were happy to see Andrew Goldstein‘s run-down on Artspace, which sums it up nicely (and concisely!) Check it out here.
Hate to say it, but this sure could stir up some more interesting conversations than last year’s list, which mixed Luke Fowler, Spartacus Chetwynd, Paul Noble and surprise winner Elizabeth Price.