Turner Prize 2016 Shortlist Announced

Tate Britain has today announced the names of the four shortlisted artists for the 2016 Turner Prize. 

The prize returns to Tate Britain with an exhibition of the work by the four artists, which will open at the gallery on the 27th September.

This year’s shortlisted artists are: Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde, with the winner being announced at a ceremony live on the BBC in December.

Established in 1984, 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 receives £25,000, with the other shortlisted artists receiving £5,000.

Here is more information on the four shortlisted artists:

Michael Dean: For solo exhibitions Sic Glyphs at South London Gallery and Qualities of Violence at de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam. Working primarily in sculpture, Dean’s work is concerned with the physical manifestation of language.

Anthea Hamilton: For her solo exhibition Anthea Hamilton: Lichen! Libido! Chastity! at SculptureCentre, New York. Having created work in a variety of media, Hamilton’s art intrigues the viewer with  comic and unexpected combinations of images, materials and words.

Helen Marten: For projects including Lunar Nibs at the 56th Venice Biennale and the solo exhibitionEucalyptus Let Us In at Green Naftali, New York. Marten’s art is a mass of contradictions equally attractive and intriguing as it is difficult to interpret and categorise.

Josephine Pryde: For her solo exhibition lapses in Thinking By the person i Am at CCA Wattis, San Francisco. By using photography and installation, the artist is able to explore the nature of image making and display.

The members of the Turner Prize 2016 jury 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.

The Turner Prize exhibition featuring the work of these four artists will be on display to the public from the 27th September until the 8th January 2017. 

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