Mark Wallinger: Turner Prize Winner.

December 13, 2007 · Print This Article

Last week it was announced that Mark Wallinger would be the recipient of this years Turner prize. Lucky for all of Chicago as he still has a show up at Donald Young Gallery.

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Whitney Biennial 2008? List Time!

November 30, 2007 · Print This Article

Sometime in the last couple of weeks the participant list was released for the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Wouldn’t you know it a couple of great Chicago oriented Artists are on the list!!! Our heart felt congratulations go out to Melanie Schiff and Amanda Ross-Ho!!! Please see the full list here.

Turner Prize 22 Year Retrospective Asks Winners What They Thought

September 12, 2007 · Print This Article

22 Turner Prize winners reflect on the experience.
‘Like being a Holocaust survivor’, ‘All a bit crap’, ‘A homecoming’, ‘Nice for the parents’ – as a retrospective exhibition gathers up the work of
the 22 winners of the Turner prize, Charlotte Higgins asked them all what it was really like to win the world’s best known art award.
In pictures: This year’s contenders

Turner controversy: just another day at the office

October 3, 2006 · Print This Article

Curators of a contest that stirs debate over the nature of art have a prime shortlist for 2006

If not for the exhibition labels, visitors to Tate Britain’s latest show would never know that the nondescript office tucked away at the rear of a series of galleries was a work of art. Nor would they realise that a cherry stone, a dirty cottonwool ball and other bits of debris in a display case were a sculpture.

But these are exhibits in the Turner Prize 2006 exhibition, and curators are once again courting controversy.

The Tate has allowed one of the four contenders for the £25,000 award to re-create a real office – complete with a staff of three, filing cabinets, desks and computers.

It is an installation and performance work that curators hailed yesterday as worthy of Holbein, the revered 16th-century master who has his own exhibition in the same building. The artist is Phil Collins, 36, whose Shady Lane Productions is a “fully functioning office” with a real-life receptionist and researchers who are trying to trace people who have been scarred by their 15 minutes of fame on television reality and talk shows. They will be there from Monday to Friday only, as they get the weekend off.

Yesterday morning, they appeared not to be doing much beyond sitting around, reading newspapers and chatting – a typical office, it might be said. Their conversation cannot be heard as the room is sound-proofed.

“It is the first time we have had live work as part of an exhibit,” said Katherine Stout, a curator. “This project investigates the relationship between the production of art and its wider social context.” As critics peered through the windows of the office, observing the researchers as if they were animals in a zoo, she insisted that it was art.

Gair Boase, her fellow curator, drew parallels between Collins and Holbein, noting how each produced “challenging” work in their day. “Holbein was about history and understanding what happened in the past,” she said. “Collins makes us think of the world today.”

Asked whether he would prefer to own a Holbein paintings or Collins’s office, Stephen Deuchar, director of Tate Britain, said: “I’d have the office – with a Holbein on the wall.”

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