Turner Prize 2012 shortlist announced


Tate Britain today announced the four artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2012. The artists are Spartacus Chetwynd, Luke Fowler, Paul Noble and Elizabeth Price.

Spartacus Chetwynd

For her solo exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ, London. Combining a broad spectrum of historical and cultural sources, Chetwynd makes paintings ,carnivalesque performances and sculptural installations utilising handmade costumes and sets. Chetwynd confuses the boundary between performer and spectator, creating an atmosphere of joyful improvisation.


Luke Fowler

For his solo exhibition at Inverleith House, Edinburgh, which showcased his new film exploring the life and work of Scottish psychiatrist, R. D. Laing. Fowler interweaves found footage and new material into accomplished and immersive films that evoke the atmosphere of a particular era, revealing how the relationship between individuals and society changes through time.


Paul Noble

For his solo exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, London, which brought together the painstakingly detailed and engrossing drawings of the fictional metropolis Nobson Newtown. Undercutting the precise, technical drawing is a dark satirical narrative which unfolds in the micro-cosmos of these monumental works.


Elizabeth Price

For her solo exhibition at BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, in which she presented a trilogy of video installations.  Price reanimates existing archives of imagery, texts and music to explore our complex relationship to objects and consumer culture. Her carefully sequenced films guide us through immersive virtual spaces, derived from the cultural debris of the material world.


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 fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 24 April 2012. 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.


Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at Tate Britain opening on 2 October 2012. The winner will be announced at Tate Britain on Monday 3 December 2010 during a live broadcast by Channel 4.


The members of the Turner Prize 2012 jury are:


Andrew Hunt, Director, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea

Heike Munder, Director, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich

Michael Stanley, Director, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford

Mark Sladen, Director, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain and Chair of the Jury


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