Turner Prize nominee short list dominated by U.K. video artists

By Daniel S Levine,

The four nominees for this year’s Turner Prize were announced on Wednesday by Tate Britain. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the most prestigious prize presented to the current crop of U.K. artists under 50 years old.

Each nominee is from the U.K. or currently lives there, notes The New York Times. The winner will receive a £25,000 (or $42,428) prize.

Duncan Campbell, Ciara Phillips, James Richards and Tris Vonna-Michell are this year’s nominees. Phillips currently lives in Glasgow and earned a spot for a London show, in which she had a print studio set up for artists and groups.

Sky News notes that Richards is the youngest nominee at 30. He had an exhibit at the Venice Biennale, where he showed a film called Rosebud, which featured footage of censored books in Tokyo.

Vonna-Michell was nominated for presentations that are partly improvised, combining video, projects and recordings. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art, as did Campbell.

Campbell earned a nomination for It For Others, a film that was also shown at the Venice Biennale. It features sections of Statues Also Die by Alain Resnais and Chris Marker, mixed with choreographed dance work.

Last year’s prize went to Laure Prouvost. 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen won in 1999.



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