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December 06, 2014

The Tuner Prize at 30

"At 30, Britain’s most talked-about contemporary-art prize should be coming to its muscly prime. Instead, this year’s anniversary feels a bit elderly, even old."

The Turner's earlier years were full of controversy, such as the rewarding of Rachel Whiteread (in 1993, for a plaster cast of the inside of a semi-detached house that was about to be wrecked; monumental when most British public sculpture was still demure) and Damien Hirst (diabolically raven-haired in 1995 and full of promise). Fast forward to 2014 and the shortlist was very weak, made up of three videomakers and a printmaker interested in forms that have “occupied the margins”.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 6, 2014 11:07 AM