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The Turner Prize 2012 Shortlist
2 May 2012
Nominees for this year’s £25,000 Turner Prize are Paul Noble, Lali Spartacus Chetwynd, Elizabeth Price and Luke Fowler. The esteemed prize is awarded to a British artist, under the age of 50, deemed to have put on the best and most interesting exhibition of the year. Last year’s Turner Prize was awarded to sculptor Martin Boyce, whose work included a litter bin and fake trees. This year, the absence of any paintings is notable.
Paul Noble, 48-year old painter and installation artist, is the creator of a fictional dystopian place called Nobson Newtown, a series of intricate and detailed large-scale drawings, which was exhibited at London’s Gagosian Gallery. His exhibited work is called Public Toilet.
Paul, who was born in Dilston, Northumberland, won an award from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation in 2000. He had a solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 2004.
Lali ‘Spartacus’ Chetwynd stages thought-provoking and funny folk-theatre performances from cultural history, like 'Jabba the Hutt’ from Star Wars, a parody of Michael Jackson’s Thriller and a cameo of the Incredible Hulk. She has exhibited performances featuring F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and Born Free. Lali, 38, changed her name to Spartacus, to gauge public reaction. She is said to live and work in a nudist colony.
The Saatchi Gallery, Tate Britain and Sadie Coles HQ have all had her work on display. She stages her artwork with a troupe of about 20 people. She exhibited a puppet-play based on the Book of Genesis and Paradise Lost at the 2006 Tate Triennial.
Bradford born Elizabeth Price, 46, creates videos, which are based on exploring objects in photographic archives, and historical film. They are on show at the Baltic in Gateshead and explore themes such as the cargo of thousands of luxury cars, on a ship which sank in the English Channel in 2002, the Woolworths fire which killed ten people, all set to dramatic music.
The youngest of the four, Glaswegian artist and filmmaker Luke Fowler, was born in 1978. He creates cinematic documentary collages. He put on a solo exhibition in Edinburgh featuring his film called ‘All Divided Selves’, which explores the life of the Scottish eccentric Sixties counter-culture psychiatrist RD Laing, who adopted views that challenged the psychiatric world. In 2005, Fowler was shortlisted for the Beck's Futures prize, in 2008, he was awarded Derek Jarman Award and in 2009, he had an exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. He has also attended the Rencontres d'Arles festival in 2010.
From October 2nd, there will be an exhibition of all the nominees’ work, at the Tate Britain.
The winner, chosen by a panel of experts, will be announced on December 3rd, at the Tate Britain. On this year’s judging panel are Mark Sladen, Michael Stanley, Andrew Hunt and Heike Munder. Penelope Curtis, director of the Tate Britain, who is also chair of the Jury, will preside over the judging.
The three runners-up of these prestigious awards will each receive £5,000.
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