PRINT September 2002

World Report

the Turner Prize

From the vantage point of this, its eighteenth year, we may discern the Four Ages of the Turner Prize, during which were honored first, the elders (Malcolm Morley, Howard Hodgkin, Gilbert & George); second, the Lisson Gallery sculptors of the ’80s (Tony Cragg, Anish Kapoor, Richard Deacon); next, and most famously, the YBAs (Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst, et al.); and of late, an unaffiliated, quieter variety of artist. For the past few years, with the exception of Martin Creed’s lights going on and off in 2001, the British tabloids have had little to get worked up about. The 2002 shortlist—Fiona Banner, Liam Gillick, Keith Tyson, and Catherine Yass—announced in late May, offers even less provocation, leaving one to wonder whether the Tate misses the media hysteria and the attendant box office or, having spectacularly achieved its goal of increasing audiences for contemporary

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