PRINT September 2001

World Report

the Turner Prize shortlist

FOR THOSE LOOKING TO HIT IT BIG on this year’s Turner shortlist, bookmakers William Hill have Isaac Julien as the favorite at 7-4, closely followed by Richard Billingham at 2-1, with relative newcomer Mike Nelson trailing Martin Creed at 7-2 and 5-2 respectively. But this isn’t necessarily an accurate indicator of who will win on December 9: The bookies say they get their information from the newspapers, while the papers tend to quote the bookies. And this year the field is even more open than usual.

It’s a serious roster, youthful rather than juvenile, diverse rather than dramatic. With no A-list art celebs to titillate media and public, however, the lineup is unlikely to reverse the trend for declining audiences, abruptly down last year to 70,000 from a peak in 1999, the Year of That Bed, when 133,000 came to ogle the contents of Tracey Emin’s disheveled boudoir. Also unchecked this year

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