The four artists heading to Derry-Londonderry for this year's Turner Prize have been revealed, with painting, film, performance and droll comic book artworks making for a balanced shortlist.
The quartet of David Shrigley, Laure Prouvost, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Tino Sehgal will be displaying their works in the Ebrington Square as part of the city’s city of culture celebrations.
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Shrigley is known to most for his darkly comic cartoons – his Hayward Gallery show last year took his wry observations and witty sculptures to a wider audience and, evidently, the attentions of the Turner Prize judges.
French artist Laure Prouvost is best known for film and installation work which recently saw her win the Max Mara Prize at London’s Whitechapel Gallery.
Her place on the shortlist was secured by her installation Wantee, a homage to the Merzbarn creations of the late German émigré artist Kurt Schwitters. The bizarre roomful of porcelain, chairs, food and film can be seen in Tate Britain's current Schwitters exhibition.
Yiadom-Boakye is a London-based figurative painter of Ghanian decent whose raw “imaginary” portraits flit from compelling grotesques to group scenes which seem to hide rich narratives within them. Judges were attracted by her exhibition Extracts and Verses at Chisenhale Gallery.
The painter is an interesting choice. It’s the first time in years that figurative painting has featured on the list – perhaps something that the anti-Turner art movement the Stuckists might even celebrate.
Tino Sehgal is probably best known to visitors of Tate Modern who in 2012 encountered his playful participatory performance art project These Associations, moving across the gallery’s Turbine Hall.
The winning ceremony in Derry-Londonderry December 2013 will see £25,000 go to the winner, with £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.
The jury this year comprises Annie Fletcher, Curator of Exhibitions, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Susanne Gaensheimer, Director of Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art; Declan Long, writer and lecturer at National College of Art and Design, Dublin and Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, London.
They are chaired by Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain.