Video, film-inspired artists dominate
Turner Prize shortlist
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[May 07, 2014] By
— Artists who work with
film, video, recorded sound and photographs took all four slots on
the shortlist announced on Wednesday for the 2014 Turner Prize, one
of the annual high points of the British art calendar.
The prize, in its 30th year and given previously to such
figures of the British art world as Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor,
and Gilbert and George, carries a 100,000-pound prize. The
winner will be announced in December.
Penelope Curtis, director of the Tate Britain museum and chair
of the jury, said it was not the first time that no traditional
painters or sculptors had made the short list.
"That's happened a number of times," she said at a press
conference announcing the shortlist for the prize, which is run
by the Tate museums organisation.
"I think there's been a number of times when there's been quite
a fix on video in the last 10-12 years. I mean that's just the
way artists work now," she said.
Nominees Duncan Campbell, who was born in Ireland and now lives
and works in Glasgow, James Richards of Wales and Tris
Vonna-Michell of England all use film and other recorded media
in their work. Ciara Phillips, a Canadian living in Scotland,
works with screenprints, textiles, photographs and wall
paintings, a press statement said.
Two of the artists, Campbell and Richards, have had exhibitions
mounted at the Venice Biennale. Vonna-Michell had a solo
exhibition in Brussels and Phillips had a solo exhibition in
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"The shortlist includes work that manipulates and appropriates found
film footage and online imagery, as well as work that employs
analogue technology, craft and design," a statement by the Tate
said. "These contrasting approaches suggest the impact of the
Internet, cinema, TV and mobile technologies on a new generation of
Curtis, in a statement, said: "This year's nominations illustrate
the mobility of the contemporary art world, in which works are seen
at global biennales and festivals over the course of the year.
"The four shortlisted artists share a strong international presence
and an ability to adapt, restage and reinterpret their own and
others' works, very often working in a collaborative social
The prize is open to a British artist under the age of 50.
(Reporting by Michael Roddy; Editing by Larry King)
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