Turner Prize 2012 | 03//12//12

It is this time of the year. Turner Prize 2012 will be announced this evening.

4 Nominees:

After moving to Gateshead’s BALTIC in 2011, Tate is having it back.

Nothing more normal.

It is all happening on twitter too  by using the appropriate hashtags:

  • #TurnerPrize
  • #SChetwynd
  • #LFowler
  • #PNoble
  • #EPrice

According to Huffingtonpost, Paul Noble is favourite to win!?

Maybe people like his work but afterall, the decision will be finalised this evening by the jury:

  • Andrew Hunt, Director Focal Point Gallery
  • Heike Munder, Director Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
  • Michael Stanley, Director Modern Art Oxford
  • Mark Salden, Director Kunsthal Charlottenborg
  • Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain and Chair of the Jury

Sometimes, it follows the trends. However, there can be a surprise on the night.

 “….The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists….

A nice little amount which allows the winner to invest in a new studio and or equipment. Unless they give part of their prize to charity or deserving art schools. They are free to spend it the way they wish.

A good and too rare recognition in modern and contemporary art.

If it is the first time you heard of the Turner Prize, here is a year by year retrospective!

Some outlookers think that this amount of cash should never been given to artists represented at the Turner Prize! Is it jealousy of a kind?

But the great thing, whatever people think – agree or disagree – that prize is followed by the global artworld. This means potential interest and international investments for the winning artist.

It can lead to an amazing future for all nominees, according to which dealer and gallery are actually scanning the existing market. Sometimes, there is a need for new faces and new art.

Nothing actually happened since the YBAs. Maybe this year a new breed of artists will emerge from nowhere to somewhere!

The Turner Prize is always an exciting moment…remember the Speech given by Madonna in 2001 – where Martin Creed won the prize.

We will update this article tomorrow  4th December 2012 with the winner details….in case you missed the official announcement!


Elizabeth Price


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