Turner Prize Shortlist Announced

Turner Prize Shortlist Announced

The four artists handpicked by Tate Britain shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2013 have been announced this morning. The artists are (in alphabetical order): Laure Prouvost, Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. This year the exhibition will be held at Ebrington in Derry-Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture 2013 from 23 October until 2 December. The winner will be announced in an awards ceremony on 2 December.

Each year the prize is chosen by the Turner Prize Jury, which is a selection of art professionals, this year the panel was made up of Annie Fletcher, Curator of Exhibitions, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven Susanne Gaensheimer, Director of Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art, Declan Long, writer and lecturer at National College of Art and Design, Dublin Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, London and the jury is chaired by Penelope Curtis, director of Tate Britain.

The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 16 April 2013. It is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art and is widely recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.

The following are the shortlisted artists for 2013:

Laure Prouvost

For her new work Wantee commissioned with Grizedale Arts for inclusion in Schwitters in Britain at Tate Britain and for her two-part installation for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, resulting from a residency in Italy and presented in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery. Her unique approach to filmmaking, often situated within atmospheric installations, employs strong story telling, quick cuts, montage and deliberate misuse of language to create surprising and unpredictable work.

Tino Sehgal

For his pioneering projects This Variation at documenta (XIII) and These Associations at Tate Modern. Both structured and improvised, Seghal’s intimate works consist purely of live encounters between people and demonstrate a keen sensitivity to their institutional context. Through participatory means, they test the limits of artistic material and audience perception in a new and significant way.

David Shrigley

For his solo exhibition at Hayward Gallery David Shrigley: Brain Activity which offered a comprehensive overview and new perspectives on his work. Including not only his well-loved drawings but also photography, sculpture and film, the exhibition revealed his black humour, macabre intelligence and infinite jest. Shrigley was also featured in Aesthetica in 2008, you can read the interview at www.aestheticamagazine.com

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

For her exhibition Extracts and Verses at Chisenhale Gallery. Yiadom-Boakye’s intriguing paintings appear traditional but are in fact much more innovative. Her portraits of imaginary people use invented pre-histories and raise pertinent questions about how we read pictures in general, particularly with regard to black subjects.

Turner Prize Exhibition, 23 October – 2 December, Derry Londonderry.

1. I’m Dead 2010 © David Shrigley, courtesy Collection Hamilton Corporate Finance Limited, Image courtesy Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.