Stuckists demonstrate against "mind-numbingly tedious, pretentious and vacuous" Turner Prize

By Ben Miller | 04 October 2010
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Model behaviour from The Stuckists at the Turner Prize
In the time-honoured rebuttal to the Tate's Turner Prize show, seasoned rebel art group The Stuckists have taken to the steps of Tate Britain to lambast the competition with a racy Turner Prize Hell campaign for 2010.

Dishing out images of a rakish model in a leather miniskirt carrying a message suggesting Tate boss Nicholas Serota "needs a good spanking", the demonstrators included a clown and a top-hatted tour guide among their unimpressed ranks.

They offered badges and pamphlets mocking the Prize to visitors as the exhibition of work by the four finalists opened to the public.

"It's like watching a TV comedy show parody of contemporary art," said co-founder Charles Thomson, who called the Prize "an excruciatingly painful presentation of mind-numbingly tedious, pretentious and vacuous exhibits."

"The obvious response is that of a lady last year, who asked for her money back, as she'd paid to see art and there wasn't any.

"The demonstration outside is far more entertaining, artistic and informative."

The alliance has protested against the Prize since 2000, having been founded by 13 artists in a bid to promote figurative painting and oppose conceptual art.

Their alternative exhibition, An Antidote to the Ghastly Turner Prize, will feature 29 artists and offer visitors "small squares of Blu-tack" at a cost of 10p a piece.

Exhibition opens at View Two Gallery, Mathew Street, Liverpool, October 7 2010. Open Thursday-Saturday 12pm-4pm (5pm Saturday). Visit the gallery online.

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