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2016 Turner Prize Shortlist Announced

Tate Britain today unveiled the four artists shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize: Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten, and Josephine Pryde. The four will be presented in a show at the museum beginning on September 27, and a winner will be announced in December. The winner of the prize, which recognizes a British artist under fifty for an exhibition staged in the twelve months preceding April 28, 2016, will receive around $38,500, with $7,700 going to each of the other shortlisted artists.

Dean is being recognized for two solo exhibitions he staged: “Sic Glyphs,” 2016, at South London Gallery and “Qualities of Violence,” 2015, at de Appel arts center, Amsterdam. Hamilton is being included for the 2015 show “Anthea Hamilton: Lichen! Libido! Chastity!” at SculptureCenter, New York, which included an irreverent, large-scale sculpture of a pair of buttocks bursting through a brick wall.

Marten, meanwhile, is being shortlisted for “Lunar Nibs” at the fifty-sixth Venice Biennale and the 2016 solo exhibition “Eucalyptus Let Us In” at Greene Naftali, New York. Her work often takes the form of sculpture or painting tableaux that mine contemporary visual culture; she spoke of her work being “pornographically tactile” in a 500 Words for artforum.com. Pryde is being recognized for “lapses in Thinking By the person i Am” at CCA Wattis, San Francisco in 2015, and recently contributed to Artforum’s May issue, writing “How might the term documentary be introduced to reinvigorate a potentially exhausted debate between ‘art’ and ‘commercial’?”

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