Turner Prize exhibition opens

28th September 2016

The Turner Prize exhibition has opened at Tate Britain, with a selection of the four nominated artists’ works on display.

Michael Dean, Helen Marten, Josephine Pryde and Anthea Hamilton will all show off collections from their works.

Tate Britain said that the Prize was one of the best known for the visual arts in the world, adding that it aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art.

Mr Dean will present Sic Glyphs, a combination of works from his nominated exhibitions at South London Gallery and de Appel, Amsterdam. Tate Britain explained that he works primarily in sculpture, but starts his process with writing, which he then gives physical form.

He creates moulds and casts of his words, abstracting and distorting them into an alphabet of human-scale shapes, using materials that are instantly recognisable from everyday life such as concrete, soil, sand, and corrugated sheet metal.

Ms Marten will display a series of works from nominated projects Lunar Nibs at the 56th Venice Biennale and Eucalyptus Let Us In at Greene Naftali, New York. Using sculpture, screen printing and writing, Ms Marten produces works that are full of models and motifs taken from contemporary visual culture.

Tate Britain said that her “intricate and intriguing” sculptures bring together a range of handmade and found objects to create poetic visual puzzles.

Ms Pryde will present work from her nominated exhibition lapses in Thinking By the person i Am at CCA Wattis, San Francisco, alongside a series of new works she has created to mark the time between her nomination for the Turner Prize and the opening of this exhibition.

Her installations tend to include sculptural elements which highlight the context in which the work is displayed. In her Turner Prize exhibition, photographs are joined by a stationed model of a train entitled The New Media Express in a Temporary Siding (Baby Wants To Ride) 2016.

Ms Hamilton is to show Lichen! Libido! (London!) Chastity!, which is a re-staging of her nominated solo exhibition at SculptureCenter, New York.

She works across sculpture, installation, performance and video, and uses research into diverse subjects to create works with a surrealist or pop culture aesthetic.

Perhaps the most headline-grabbing work is Hamilton’s Project for a Door (After Gaetano Pesce) 2016, a 16 foot sculpture of a pair of buttocks. It was made in 20 pieces at a polystyrene factory.

The Turner Prize was established in 1984 and is awarded to a UK artist under the age of 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding April 28th 2016.

Tate Britain is showing the exhibition until January 2nd. The gallery is encouraging visitors to take photographs of the exhibition and share and debate these through social media. Visitors are also encouraged to join the Turner Prize conversation using Facebook Live.

The winner of the £25,000 prize will be announced on December 5th.

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