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Blur Music Video Director Is 2/1 Favourite For Turner Prize 2013

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Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley, the director of Blur's 2009 track Good Song, has been installed as the 2/1 favourite for this year's Turner Prize. Shrigley is best known for his humorous line drawings, though also makes sculptures, animated films, photographs and paintings. Additionally, his jokes and commentaries have appeared on greetings cards as well as in records by Scottish band Franz Ferdinand and Talking Heads singer-songwriter David Byrne.

His latest exhibition, Brain Activity at London's Hayward Gallery, was nominated for its "comprehensive overview" that revealed Shrigley's "black humour, macabre intelligence and infinite jest." This year's Turner exhibition will be held at Ebrington in Derry-Londonderry, the UK's City of Culture of 2013, and sees Shrigley up against Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, French installation artist Laure Prouvost and British-German performance artist Tino Sehgal. 

Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded to a contemporary artist under the age of 50, living, working or born in Britain who is judged to have put on the best exhibition of the past 12 months. The winner will receive £25,000 at an awards ceremony on December 2, while past winners have include Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley and last year's recipient, Elizabeth Price

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Life Before The Turner Prize, Elizabeth Price's Twee Pop Past In Talulah Gosh

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Elizabeth Price will be dominating the headlines today (December 4, 2012), after wining the Turner Prize last night. She’s a relative unknown, so what exactly has the Bradford-born, Luton-raised artist been doing all these years and why have we only just heard of her?

Before making a living as an artist, Price was a member of the indie pop band Talulah Gosh. The band are said to have formed after Price met Amelia Fletcher in a club in Oxford, bonding over the fact that they were both wearing Pastels badges. They formed the band and took their name from the headline of a Clare Grogan interview in NME. Before long, they found themselves spearheading the twee-pop sound of the 1980s. Of course, no indie band of that time was worth their salt unless they’d recorded a session for the BBC’s John Peel show and sure enough, that was broadcast in 1988. Having made their live debut in 1986, the band split just months after their Peel session. Though their existence was brief, their legacy is synonymous with the C86 movement forged by NME.

It is no surprise then, that Price’s award-winning artwork is knee deep in musical history. Entitled The Woolworths Choir of 1979, the video piece combines footage of The Shangri-Las performing ‘Out in the Street’ with footage of a furniture store blaze (which went on to change UK fire laws) and shots of ecclesiastical architecture. The Guardian’s coverage of the awards noted that the Turner Prize exhibition was dominated by Price’s work, both in the public’s appreciation of it and by its sheer volume, as visitors “can hear the clapping and singing from throughout the galleries.” Price, the former member of Talulah Gosh, now joins the ranks of Gilbert & George and Damien Hirst – both former winners of the prize and major players in the British art world. 

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Elizabeth Price Wins The Turner Prize 2012

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Video artist Elizabeth Price has won the coveted Turner Prize for art. She was up against some seriously stiff competition this year, with Spartacus Chetwynd, Luke Fowler and Paul Noble also in the running. As the Guardian said "All the artists seemed to... deserve their place here: no clear winner, no obvious losers", so when Price, the least well known of the bunch won, undoubtedly she was surprised.

In her acceptance speech she used a little of that time to convey a politcal message, praising her education at a comprehensive school, which she attributes a lot of credit to, acknowledging that none of it would have been possible without funding, reports the BBC. The government has recently cut an enormous amount of funding to the arts, and many artists, filmmakers, actors, comedians and theatre directors have spoken out against this decision. 

Price's nominated work was a 20 minute film based on the tragic Woolworth's fire that killed 10 people in Manchester in 1979. "Her use of footage from the fire itself never feels voyeuristic or meritricious." Adrian Searle writes in the Guardian, "She does a great deal in 20 minutes. Its complexity has stayed with me." In contrast, fellow nominee Luke Fowler doesn't hit the same high notes in his 90 minutes film. Paul Noble's career is already well in full swing and doesn't really need the award, and Spartacus Chetwynd's performance art doesn't really perform if she and her troupe aren't there to bring everything alive. All in all it seems Price was the worthy winner, which sees her receive £25,000, international notoriety and a lot of exposure.

Turner Prize Nominees: Will The Notoriety Continue In 2012?

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The Turner Prize has traditionally been surrounded by controversy and, in many respects, disdain. For British artists, to win the Turner Prize may be the achievement of a lifetime, but for many of the viewing public the lingering thought is often "...eh?" Nevertheless, the Turner Prize is always the highlight of the arts calender and never fails to be entertaining at the very least.

Turner Prize winners have often gone on to great success, most notably (or notoriously) Damien Hirst, whose "Mother and Child, Divided" won in 1995, having already been nominated in 1992 with "The Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living." Steve McQueen also won the prize in 1999 with a short film about Buster Keaton. His name may ring a bell, but not for art. McQueen has gone on to be an award winning film director, with two award winning movies in his catalogue so far; 2008's "Hunger" and this year's smash "Shame". McQueen will be again be delving into some very difficult territory with the release of "Twelve Years a Slave" in 2013.

This year's Turner nominations Spartacus Chetwynd, Luke Fowler, Paul Noble and Elizabeth Price, and includes film, performance, installations, detailed line drawings and painting across the artists' exhibitions. Although Paul Noble has been pegged as an 'early favourite' by the Independent, Chedwynd is by far the most exciting of the artists. Her performance work is certainly original and her nominated piece exhibits puppet portrayals of Jesus and Barabbas.

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Turner Prize Nominee ‘Spartacus’ Lives In Nudist Commune

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The Turner Prize nominees are heading into the business end of things, with the Tate Britain’s Turner exhibition opening in London tomorrow (October 2, 2012). One of those nominees - performance artist Spartacus Chetwynd – has seen her odds for the £25,000 prize slashed to just 7/2.

Spartacus, whose pieces include several men dressed as root vegetables, lives in a “rented nudist commune” near Nunhead, south-east London. Her past work has includes pieces inspired by Star Wars’ villain Jabba the Hutt, Planet of the Apes, and the late pop superstar Michael Jackson


Though her art may well be described as unconventional, Chetwynd insists she believes in hard work and discipline, telling the Evening Standard, “I do believe in rules. They allow you to be free…If you don’t have a home, you don’t have a car and you don’t have savings or any other form of security it’s fantastic to have a marriage. It makes you feel like you’ve got an anchor. Why not take advantage of the conventional things that are brilliant?”

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Turner Prize 2012 Exhibition Will Shock Art Enthusiasts

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This year’s Turner Prize exhibition at Tate Britain is set to be nothing short of bizarre, shocking and immensely confusing with the four nominees presenting work of an outstanding quality that is as thought-provoking as it’s possible to get.

Opening the exhibition of Turner prize nominees is the distinctly humorous art work of Paul Noble who presents his cheeky pencil sketches of his 16 year-old fictitious town of Nobson which, with all its beauty and prosperity, is populated by several turd-shaped beings – a rather tongue-in-cheek idea of conceptual art and will possibly be the last we see of it as Noble announces he is to begin on a new project. Filmmaker Luke Fowler showcases his 2011 documentary on his specialist subject of Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing. A full 90 minutes long, making tomorrow’s show a fairly lengthy experience, ‘All Divided Selves’ reveals people’s false ideas concerning Laing’s sanity with sound bites from Gay Byrne and Janet Street Porter and the suggestion that the psychological definitions of schizophrenia could put anyone away in a mental institution.

Elizabeth Price’s disturbing audio visual, ‘The Woolworths Choir of 1979’ is a mere 20 minutes long contrasting the upbeat scene of ‘60s girl band The Shangri-Las performing with a frantic clip of a person screaming for help stuck inside a store from news footage of the 1979 Woolworths store fire in Manchester which claimed the lives of 10 people. Finally, Spartacus Chatwynd is on another level of bizarre with his live performances showing him and his show troupe dressing as trees and flailing their branches about. Putting a morbid downer on this year’s Turner Prize event is the recent death of one of the Turner prize judges Michael Stanley, who sadly won’t be around to judge the winner on December 3, 2012.

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I don't even know why I go to the movies anymore. I mean, I get into an era where three quarters of the movies out in current release are complete crap, where I am disappointed by the medium as a whole at every turn. I live in an area where I have to travel a good half hour to see an art film. No deal has yet been struck with a videostore to allow me to rent movies free, so that medium costs me a good $20 a month. Cable bills are a constant plague, and the premium channels end up showing the same old same old. And, thanks to the newly handed down embargo on press by Regal cinemas (in the form of an email which they refuse to allow me to see), I am getting frozen out of seeing movies there, too.

Consider, on the other hand, the Internet. Consider the short films that are made readily available. Like the man who has given up novels for short stories (or, as the main character in Will Stitman's Metropolitan, for fine literary criticism.), I am considering giving up the feature length film for its cousin "the short".

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