The shortlist for the Turner Prize 2018 was announced last week, with four emerging artists competing for the honour and the accompanying £25,000 windfall. Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson are this year's entrants, all video-centric creatives concerned with "the most pressing political and humanitarian issues of the day", according to Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson. The winner will be announced on 25 September. Response to the nominations has mellowed considerably in recent years but in its 1990s heyday, when the accolade was regarded as a key event in the "Cool Britannia" calendar, they were a reliable source of contention. The Turner was routinely picketed by the Stuckists, a protest group calling for a return to figurative painting, who would demonstrate outside Tate Britain dressed as clowns bearing placards dismissing it as "a state-funded advertising agency for Charles Saatchi" … [Read more...] about Turner Prize 2018: 10 memorable winners of the controversial contemporary art award
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Historic objects from the South Pacific, some of which have remained undocumented and unseen in the stores of European museums for more than a century, are to be part of the UK’s first major show exploring Oceanic art. The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) has announced details of its 2018 Oceania exhibition, which will bring together 250 objects from the vast region that stretches from New Guinea to Easter Island, and Hawaii to New Zealand. The show will be staged in the 250th anniversary year of the RA, which was founded in 1768 – the same year Captain James Cook set out on his first Endeavour expedition. Around three-quarters of the objects will come from European collections, in particular ethnographic museums in Germany and Switzerland, as well as museums in the UK, France, Ireland and Austria. Adrian Locke, a senior curator at the RA, said: “There is an incredible array, a fantastic richness of objects that have been collected since the time of Cook, not just by … [Read more...] about Royal Academy’s Oceania exhibition to showcase South Pacific art
At the Sotheby’s contemporary art sale in London next week there are no million-pound Basquiats or £500,000 Hirsts – it is aimed at what it terms the lower end of the market, i.e. art under £20,000 and for as little as £200. It is the latest in a series of sales designed to attract buyers into the market. One of the ploys used is to invite successful figures, from the world of fashion, for instance, to select works from the sale, printing interviews with them in the catalogue and making videos for the website. This gives the sale added kudos and credibility with novice collectors who might be influenced by celebrity taste. Recent selectors, rather grandly called “guest curators” by Sotheby’s, have included Erdem Moralioglu, the fashion designer and Caroline Issa, Tank magazine fashion director, and Telegraph Luxury expert. Each one, according to Sotheby’s, introduces new clients to the company. The next “guest … [Read more...] about Will Mark Hix’s contemporary art picks help revive the YBA market?
You don’t find too many artists combining sound and ceramics, but Serena Korda is one of them, as you’ll find in her installation at the Baltic. It is called Missing Time and it marks the climax of the London-based artist’s two years in the North East on a Norma Lipman and Baltic fellowship at Newcastle University. Serena said the fellowship had been “an amazing luxury to have”. For one thing, it had enabled her to explore the region’s dark sky areas – another evident thrill. “This is work I’ve been developing since coming here and being inspired by the landscape and the people I’ve met,” she said as the installation opened. That work looks at first glance to comprise large ceramic dishes on the walls and, in the centre of the room, a carpet, five cushions and three chairs. Each dish has a speaker in front of it and they contribute to a cocktail of sound. There have been many sights to behold at Baltic since it opened in … [Read more...] about A WWI early warning system and art censorship fed into the latest exhibitions at BALTIC
On a sunny February afternoon in Madrid, the performance artist Marina Abramovic is going over a list of things she wants to create for her coming solo show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. For starters, there’s something she calls a “fountain.”“The fountain is me, made out of glass,” she explains, speaking in a Slavic-accented English that’s delivered in a soft near-monotone. “But out of everything—my nose, mouth, eyes, breasts, fingertips—comes blood.”Abramovic is most famous for her feats of endurance. In 2002 she lived in a gallery without food for 12 days. In 2010, for a piece titled The Artist Is Present, she sat in a chair in the atrium of New York’s Museum of Modern Art for more than 700 hours, locking eyes with any stranger who sat across from her.In Madrid, she’s sitting in an apartment above Factum Arte, an art fabrication company, leveling her gaze at Adam Lowe, Factum’s founder and the man … [Read more...] about Step Inside the Factory Where Superstars Make Their Art