Following the excitement over the Stirling Prize (see above), it is pleasant to observe that the work illustrated by artist Simon Starling, entitled 'Shedboatshed (Mobile Architecture No 2)', has been shortlisted, not for the Stirling Prize, but for the Turner Prize and is on exhibition at Tate Britain today. Such have been the euphemisms spread about on the subject of the Scottish Parliament, winner of the Stirling, that it is truly inspiring now to see the word 'architecture' used as a positive description. After all, Starling's work initially stood as a building on the bank of the Rhine, but, sensing its poetry, the artist dismantled the timber structure and floated it down the Rhine, as a boat, before rebuilding it as it stands today. Enriq Miralles was interested in the forms of upturned boats as the inspiration for his Parliament chamber. Starling's structure is (pace. Niklaus Pevsner) certainly an architectural work and exudes materiality. That, too, was a quality that Miralles strove for but that the Parliament building lacks - the result of the £4 million budget overspend claimed by the bureaucrats and meddled with ad infinitum. Could a piece of the Parliament building now be hived off and floated round the east coast of Britain, up the Thames, to come to rest in front of Tate Modern? Which piece? Answers please, by email, to: email@example.com
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).
Classified: Contemporary Art at Tate Britain
Classified, a new collection display at Tate Britain, draws on the Tate’s own collection of contemporary work to disrupt and delight in a similar manner to Borges’s encyclopaedia.