Some views on the future of this successful but – to 'younger British artists' – controversial award have been aired in the press. As the Tate Gallery and the award sponsor Channel 4 warm up for the announcement, the jury decision next month and announcement on 6 October seem bound to raise eyebrows yet again. In the period since it was initiated in 1984 in London, the award has undoubtedly been the catalyst for a high exposure of a select number of British artist nominees. Louisa Buck, a former jury member, has admitted that it has become, in some artists’ minds, something of a poisoned chalice. Some significantly good artists stand out for choosing, so far, not to be nominated. Julian Opie and Sarah Lucas are notable amongst these. It is obvious to most observers that while the Turner Prize stimulates British contemporary art among younger and mid-career artists, as whole it is perhaps too limited in space to show off all relevant artists’ work, and hence to actually form any overriding influence. It does, however, act as a small and timely stimulus in a widening and increasingly competitive field. What is good has been a growing tendency to favour experimental artists, but without the added edge of a commercial market. Frieze Art Fair, a mushrooming success, offers this platform. Together, the two venues provide a stimulus that few other countries can match.
Martin Creed: interview
Martin Creed (b1968) became the Marmite subject of much art-world discussion when he won the Turner Prize in 2001 with his “minimalist” work, The Lights Going On and Off (2000), which, pretty much, does what it says on the tin.
Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume
Two masters of British art, two mini retrospective exhibitions, but held together in Tate Britain’s Linbury Galleries, so that the visitor might compare the bold use of colour and shape by some of our native talent from across two generations.
A Singular Artist Brings a Singular Work to South America
Born in Bombay (Mumbai), India, in 1954, sculptor Anish Kapoor has lived in London since his youth. Kapoor represented Great Britain at the 1990 Venice Biennale, was awarded the 1991 Turner Prize, and now is regarded as one of the most forward-looking artists in Britain.
Elizabeth Price – 2012 Turner Prize winner
Had I been asked to place a bet upon who I thought would win the Turner Prize 2012, my money would not have been on the film artist Elizabeth Price (born 1966), for her 20-minute-long hand-clapping, finger-clicking, sing-a-long lesson in architectural history and a 70’s news tragedy, The Woolworths Choir of 1979 (2012).