Regarded as one of the most prestigious visual art awards, the Turner Prize recognizes a British artist under the age of 50 for outstanding exhibition or other form of presentation of their work in the preceding year. The 2016 cycle is already down to its final four shortlisted artists.
Although only one winner will be announced in December, no one will leave empty-handed. The winning artist will be granted £25,000, and the other shortlisted artists each receive £5,000. Plus, all shortlisted artists will get to have their work exhibited at the Tate Britain starting September 27 through January 8, 2017. The prize will be presented at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull.
Keep reading for more about this year's shortlisted artists.
Nominated for: projects including Lunar Nibs at the 56th Venice Biennale and Eucalyptus Let Us In solo exhibition at Green Naftali, New York
“Marten brings together a wide range of found objects and immaculately crafted elements in her sculptures. While suggestive of contemporary visual culture, as well as various kinds of art since the 60s, the work defies both form and meaning: it attracts and intrigues while also resisting interpretation and categorization.”
Nominated for: Lapses in Thinking by the Person I am solo exhibition at CCA Wattis, San Francisco
“Through photography and installation Pryde explores the very nature of image making and display. She is fascinated by the relationship between art and photography, of art as commodity and of the seductive qualities of the wider art world. Her work often calls into question the conventions of the gallery and the complex networks of the art world.”
Nominated for: Anthea Hamilton: Lichen! Libido! Chastity! solo exhibition at SculptureCenter, New York
“Hamilton works across sculpture, installation, performance and video, bringing a surrealist sensibility to popular culture and the mind-bending volume of stylised and sexualised imagery in the digital world. While rooted in the history of sculpture her work seduces the viewer with comic and unexpected combinations of images, materials and words, as well as dramatic shifts in scale.”
Nominated for: Sic Glyphs at South London Gallery and Qualities of Violence at de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam
“Working primarily in sculpture, Dean creates work that is concerned with the physical presentation of language. His sculptures and installations reference the everyday urban environment and familiar but aesthetically overlooked materials – from a rebar on a building site to the corrugated metal of a shop shutter.”
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