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the Turner Prize

WHEN MALCOLM MORLEY was awarded the first Turner Prize in 1984, the British public complained it had never heard of him; in 1987, when I was on the jury, the fan clubs of Patrick Caulfield and of Richard Long made it quite clear that the winner, Richard Deacon, was the wrong choice; and when Damien Hirst scooped the prize two years ago, it was called by a leading daily paper “an odious and disgusting scandal.” Turner Prize-bashing is an annual event and this year is no exception. Instigated and run by the Tate Gallery’s Patrons of New Art, the prize is awarded, in the Museum’s words, to “a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work” in the twelve months preceding the early June announcement of the shortlist. Before the winner is announced on December 2, work by the nominees will be shown in a special display at the Tate (October 29 to January

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