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Turner Prize 2016 Finalists Announced

Turner Prize 2016 Finalists Announced

Artists Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten, and Josephine Pryde have been announced as finalists for the Turner Prize 2016. This award is presented to a British artist under fifty years of age, for an exemplary exhibition or other presentation of work displayed within the year prior. Founded in 1984, it is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the visual arts.

Members of the Turner Prize 2016 jury include Michelle Cotton (director, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn), Tamsin Dillon (independent curator), Beatrix Ruf (director, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam), Simon Wallis (director, the Heworth Wakefield, Wakefield), and jury chair Alex Farquharson (director, Tate Britain, London).

Dean had two recent solo exhibitions: Sic Glyphs at South London Gallery and Qualities of Violence at de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam. Dean’s sculptural work utilizes nontraditional, everyday materials to address urban environments and the intersection of language with physical forms.

Hamilton’s solo exhibition Anthea Hamilton: Lichen! Libido! Chastity! was presented at SculptureCenter in New York City. Working in a variety of mediums including sculpture, installation, performance, and video, Hamilton reinterprets pop culture, especially stylized and sexualized digital imagery, through a surrealist—and occasionally humorous—lens.

Marten has mounted projects including Lunar Nibs at the 56th Venice Biennale and the solo exhibition Eucalyptus Let Us In at Green Naftali in New York City. Marten expresses a deliberate yet elusive aesthetic in her elaborately crafted sculptures and tableaux, combining seemingly unconnected elements and materials to challenge and intrigue the viewer.

Pryde’s solo exhibition lapses in Thinking By the person i Am was at CCA Wattis in San Francisco. Demonstrating her fascination with process and the commercial side of the art industry, Pryde draws attention to the staging of sculpture through lighting, angles, and display context, as well as the sculpture itself.

Following an exhibition of the selected artists at Tate Britain, set to open on September 27, 2016, the winner will be announced by the BBC at a televised awards ceremony in December. The prizewinner will receive £25,000; the remaining finalists will collect £5,000 each. Afterimage will report on the final result at that time, and the exhibition will run through January 8, 2017.


Angela Freeman is a New York-based writer, designer, and enthusiast of creative expression.

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