Art in the Round: The 2008 Turner Prize
by Liz Colville
The Turner Prize honors the crème de la crème of young, daring British artists. Established in 1984, the prize is awarded annually to “a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding,” according to the Tate Britain’s Web site. It is a prize with apparently little to do with its namesake, J.M.W. Turner, but definitely in step with the modern art avant-garde.
Is the $50,000 Turner Prize “pretentiousness at its best” or “art by people, for people”? The online culture magazine Pop Talk reviews the 2008 nominees and includes excerpts and slides of the work of all four nominees, and talks about the artists’ influences. “Stolen film footage, mannequins, and other people’s artwork” make up this year’s nominees, according to Pop Talk. While the selections may be provocative, they are hardly “shocking.” That might not be a bad thing, after the run the Turner’s had.