Thursday, December 10, 2009

Turner Prize Awarded

"...Richard Wright won the £25,000 cheque that accompanies Britain's most prestigious annual art prize. His contribution to this year's exhibition? An incredibly intricate painting in gold leaf that covers an entire wall of a gallery inside Tate Britain like a bolt of the finest damask wallpaper. A glorious, eminently civilised work, it looks gossamer-delicate, as though it has been woven out of sunbeams." - The Telegraph

The rest of the article, which can be read at the above link, should be read by anyone who wants to smile.  Beauty is coming back to the forefront of the contemporary art scene which makes me super happy.  I couldn't be more thrilled with the winner of the Turner Prize this year and see it only fitting that the painting featured above will be whited over at the end of the month.  Renewal!  Way to go.

1 comment:

William Keckler said...

The Turner favors conceptualists (and especially subtractive conceptualists) over everything else.

They consider artists like Shonibare, then pass over them.

Many years their choices irk me (I don't think they're very big on choosing women either).

This is pretty though.

If you're an artist who thinks more like an art critic than an artist, you have a good chance of being nominated.

"Art is over" seems to be the premise of the Turner Prize.

I can understand that as a viable position, but then why not do something funny and just pick someone doing something which doesn't remotely resemble art, even though they're calling it that.

Because their conceptualists still resemble other conceptualists of DECADES past.

Sorry for the rant.

I'm done now.

I'll go eat some banana bread.