Tate Britain opens its doors to the future of art – presenting the coveted shortlist for The Turner Prize 2010.
The Turner Prize is to art what the general election is to politics – a very big deal. Set up in 1984, the annual award is a celebration of contemporary works and has established itself as one of the most prestigious accolades in the art world. It’s that time of year again, where art moguls teeter on the edge of their seats, members of the press drum their fingers and the world waits for the unveiling of the winner. Opening to the general public tomorrow, Tate Britain host an exhibition of the shortlisted artists, the promised few about to make history, shape the industry and represent the times. In the running this year is painter Dexter Dalwood, painter and sculptor Angela de la Cruz, sound installation artist Susan Philipsz and The Otolith Group, comprised of artists Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar, who focus on moving image, to be judged respectively on the work they were nominated for alone.
We keep harking on about these budget cuts, but the cause for concern is great; Britain’s art scene really is second to none, and The Turner Prize is exhibit A. Previous winners include Anish Kapoor (1991) who has just unveiled outdoor installations at Kensington Gardens, Wolfgang Tillmans (2000), a groundbreaking photographer and long-standing i-D contributor and Richard Wright (2009) interviewed in i-D’s latest The Define Yourself Issue. Among the shortlisted, lie Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin, Louise Wilson, Sam Taylor-Wood, Lucien Freud and Richard Hamilton. Needless to say, the calibre is world class. You’ll have to wait until 6 December for the winner, announced live on Channel 4 but in the meantime, i-D in conjunction with Tate Britain are pleased to offer two tickets for the exhibition, keep an eye on Twitter for more!