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Exhibition Review : Turner Prize 2016 at Tate Britain – 27th September 2016 to 2nd January 2017



Tate Britain today unveiled an exhibition of work by the four artists shortlisted for Turner Prize 2016: Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde.  The Turner Prize is one of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world and often promotes considerable public and media debate around new developments in contemporary British art.


Michael Dean presents Sic Glyphs, a combination of works from his nominated exhibitions at South London Gallery and de Appel, Amsterdam. Working primarily in sculpture, Dean creates moulds and casts 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. His sculpture (United Kingdom poverty line for two adults and two children: twenty thousand four hundred and thirty-six pounds sterling as published on 1st September 2016) consists of £20,436 in pennies. When installing the work Dean removed one coin, so that the money you see before you represents one penny below the UK poverty line for a family four. 


Anthea Hamilton presents Lichen! Libido! (London!) Chastity! a re-staging of her nominated solo exhibition at SculptureCenter, New York. Working across sculpture, installation, performance and video, Hamilton uses her research into subjects as diverse as lichen, disco and design history to create works that have a surrealist or pop culture theme. One of the highlights of the exhibition is Hamilton’s larger than life sculpture of a backside, Project for a Door (After Gaetano Pesce) 2016.


Helen Marten presents 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 Marten produces works that are full of models and motifs taken from contemporary visual culture.


Josephine Pryde presents 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. Photographs are joined by a stationed model of a train entitled The New Media Express in a Temporary Siding (Baby Wants To Ride) 2016. Tagged by graffiti artists from the cities in which it has previously been exhibited.


All the artists have provided their own particular take on modern culture, often with a degree of wit and humour. The Turner Prize is often controversial with critics and the public  debating the old ‘is it art’ argument. If you would you like to make your own mind up, the exhibition offers an opportunity for visitors to take pictures and join the debate.

Established in 1984 and now in its 32nd year, the Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 28 April 2016. The winner will be announced on 5 December at an awards ceremony broadcast live on the BBC.

The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The winner will be decided by the Turner Prize 2016 jury, who are Michelle Cotton, Director, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; Tamsin Dillon, Curator; Beatrix Ruf, Director, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Simon Wallis, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield. The jury is chaired by Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain.

This year’s Turner Prize also marks the first ‘Pay What You Can’ scheme at Tate Britain, open to visitors every Tuesday throughout the run of the exhibition.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Recommended

Turner Prize 2016

27 September 2016 – 2 January 2017

Open daily 10.00 – 18.00

Admission £10.90 (£9.50 concessions); ‘Pay What You Can’ every Tuesday

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Tate Britain website here

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