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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
Turner Prize 2012 Exhibition
Love it or hate it, the Turner Prize is upon us once again, and, after a year’s sojourn at the BALTIC, it has returned home to Tate Britain. This year’s nominees are film artists Luke Fowler (born 1978) and Elizabeth Price (born 1966), performance artist Spartacus Chetwynd (born 1973), and the architectural draughtsman Paul Noble (born 1963), for his intricate and disturbed designs for the dystopian metropolis, Nobson Newtown
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.
Douglas Gordon: Superhumanatural
The film and video artist Douglas Gordon had his first one-man exhibition in Britain at the Lisson Gallery in 1994, sponsored by its perceptive director Nicholas Logsdail, to which he returned again in 2001. The following year, he was to exhibit 'Entre'Act 3' at the Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven. 'Fuzzy Logic' followed at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and from about this time his work really took off internationally.