Finalists for the Turner Prize 2009 have been announced. Enrico David, 43, a surrealist who creates paintings, drawings and sculptures; Roger Hiorns, 34, a site-specific artist whose 2008 work “Seizure” filled a derelict London apartment with blue crystals; Lucy Skaer, 34, who creates drawings, sculptures and films from found photographs; and Richard Wright, 49, who creates wall paintings in unexpected locations. Tate Britain will exhibit works by the finalists beginning Oct. 7th and the winner will be announced Dec. 7th.
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Martin Creed’s new piece at the Tate Britain, Work No 850 simply has a person run as fast as they can every thirty seconds through the gallery. Each run is followed by an equivalent pause, like a musical rest, during which the grand Neoclassical gallery is empty. Read more and see photos of runners.
Mark Wallinger has won the Turner Prize 2007 for his representation of Brian Haw’s antiwar protest in front of Britain’s Parliament Square. The jury commended its immediacy, visceral intensity and historic importance. The three other artists who were shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2007 were Zarina Bhimji, Nathan Coley and Mike Nelson. Read more coverage from the Guardian and the BBC.