Turner prize at Tate Britain

Head down to Tate Britain for this year’s Turner Prize.

Eimear Kelly

The annual Turner Prize exhibition has opened at Tate Britain, displaying the work of four artists who are nominated for the £25,000 award.

This year the nominees include a performance artist, Spartacus Chetwynd, a draughtsman, Paul Noble, and two video artists, Luke Fowler and Elizabeth Price.

Spartacus Chetwynd’s crazy and colourful performance piece, Odd Man Out, is one of the highlights of the exhibition. The piece includes handmade costumes, sets and puppets, an inflatable slide and live performances everyday from noon to 5pm.

In comparison, Paul Noble’s detailed drawings of his imaginary city, Nobson Newtown, are much more traditional pieces of art. However, the drawings are far from simple, as a satirical story is told through the images on the canvas.

The two video artists differ from each other entirely. Luke Fowler’s in depth film on Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing lasts 93 minutes, meaning it might be more suited to the cinema than the museum.

In comparison, Elizabeth Price presents multiple short videos, as video is usually used in art, to explore humanity’s relationship to a material world. Price is discussing her work at Tate Britain on November 13.

The Turner Prize, considered the most prestigious award for contemporary art in the UK, is given to an artist under the age of 50, born, living or working in Britain, for an exceptional exhibition of their work during the previous year. The three runners up also receive £5000 each.

The Turner Prize winner is announced on December 3. The exhibition runs until January 6 2013.

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