? (Turner Prize)- Library of Mu

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Title: ? (Turner Prize)
Date: 1993-11-20
Journal: Economist
Author: ?
Type of resource: News items
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? (Turner Prize)

By ? (1993-11-20, Economist)

Every autumn for the past ten years, an increasingly bad-tempered squabble has raged between, on the one hand, many of Britian's art critics and its popular media, and on the other, its avant-grade "establishment," the small croterie of art historians, curators, and dealers who control the Turner prize.

This year is unlikely to be any different. Four artists are short-listed for this year's £20,000 ($30,000) prize. Examples of their work are on display at London's Tate Gallery until November 28th, and the winner will be announced live on television on November 23rd. A counter prize of £40,000 will, bizarrely, be awarded to the short-listed artist deemed to have produced the worst work in the preceeding year. The sum comes from the K Foundation, a prank outfit run by wealthy pop musicians aiming to stir up mischief in what they see as the grossly materialistic art wold.

..But if Ms Whiteread, as some critics expect, wins both the Turner and K [Foundation] prizes, the vast numbers of people who equate contemporary art with rubbish will, yet again, feel vindicated.

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