Mark Leckey Wins the Turner Prize

December 2, 2008 · Print This Article

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via The Guardian

“…Mark Leckey was named winner of Britain’s most important contemporary art prize and said he now wants his own variety programme: ‘Like the Two Ronnies. But with art.’

Leckey, Birkenhead-born and a part-time professor of film studies at Frankfurt’s Städelschule, was presented with the prize and £25,000 cheque by the singer Nick Cave during a ceremony at Tate Britain broadcast live on Channel 4.

The centerpiece of his Turner prize exhibition was Cinema-in-the-Round, a witty meditation on the nature of film in popular culture, taking in everything from Garfield the cat to Homer Simpson and James Cameron’s Titanic.

For a prize that has thrived on outraged headlines about unmade beds and lights being turned on and off, the most controversial thing about this year’s prize was its lack of controversy.

The most that could be mustered was half-hearted tut-tutting over an exhibit featuring a naked mannequin on the toilet. Many critics complained the exhibition was too dry, too academic and, worst of all, too dull.”

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