Tate Modern to host Turner Art Prize

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Liverpool Tate is hosting the most prestigious modern art exhibition in Britain as the Turner Prize will be awarded in a ceremony on December 3rd.

Four artists have been shortlisted to exibit their work having met the selection criteria of being under 50, living, working or having been born in Britain and making an outstanding exhibition in the previous 12 months.

The 4 nominated artists are: Luke Fowler; Spartacus Chetwynd: Elizabeth Price and Paul Nobel. The winner will receive a £25,000 prize fund as well as the coveted title of Turner Art prize winner.

The Turner Prize is a contemporary art award which was set up in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art.

Perhaps the most colourful candidate is Spartacus Chetwynd, who is a nudist who built her career on papier-mâché Star Wars characters. She is most well known for wearing a beard and also her unusual name. Her entry includes live and recorded performances which have been described as “joyful and improvised”.

Glasgow-based Luke Fowler’s 2011 film ‘All Divided Selves’ is about Scottish psychiatrist, analyst and writer RD Laing. Elizabeth Price’s 20-minute video on The Woolworths Choir of 1979 earned her nomination. Paul Noble’s entry includes drawings which are said to be “full of detail and incident”.

Previous winners of the prize include Damian Hirst, who won his first Turner Art prize in 1995 for ‘Mother and Child Divided’, which saw an exhibit which included a bisected cow and calf in formaldehyde.

This exhibition is free for members and patrons of the Tate, with £10 concessions available, and the exhibition can be seen until 6th January 2013.

The results and the winner will be broadcast live next Monday night by Channel 4.

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