28 May 2007

Turner Prize 2007 nominations

This year's Turner Prize nominations have been announced! Zarina Bhimji, Nathan Coley, Mike Nelson and Mark Wallinger are the four lucky artists vying for the British Contemporary Artist prize. The winner will receive $50,000, each of the three runners up will receive $10,000. The results will be announced on December 3 at the Tate Liverpool. The exhibition will be open from October 19, 2007 until January 13, 2008 at the Tate Museum in Liverpool, a departure from the normal venue in London.

Each year, a young british artist under the age of 50 is awarded a cash prize for an exceptional exhibition in the previous year. The award was designed to bring the international critical lens to Britain's contemporary artists and is now regarded as one of the most important annual events in all of contemporary art.

Mike Nelson's huge, sprawling, immerssing installations attempt to transport the viewer into other worlds that may just exist. This is his second nomination for the Turner Prize and as such, is considered to be a strong contender.

Mirror Infill, 2006

Amnesiac Shrine or Double Coop Displacement

Nathan Coley was nominated for his work that "manifest the belief systems embedded in society and its architectures."
There Will Be No Miracles Here, 2006

Camouflage Synagouge 2006

Camouflage Church, 2006

Mark Wallinger's anti-war protest installation has gotten him into the inner circle this year, a second nomination for him as well, he was last short-listed in 1995. The judges have described Wallinger's work as "incredible, epic proportion that places the viewer inn the emotional field of the loneliness of protest". Wallinger is considered to be the forerunner in this year's nominations. His previous nomination does not guarantee a win this year, however his works were very well received and his subject matter is of uncompromising significance at this time.

Zarina Bhimji's atmospheric, haunting, alluring images that engage with "universal human emotions such as grief, pleasure, love and betrayal using non-narrative photography and film-making" have gotten her onto the shortlist.
Your Sadness is Drunk, 2001-2006

This Unhinged Her, 1998-2006

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Guardian Unlimited Arts
NY Times
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