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The 2010 Turner Prize was announced live on Channel 4 at 7:45 pm Monday 6 December. The winner this year was Susan Philipsz for her sound installations. The winner is often a surprise and difficult to predict. Last years winner, Richard Wright was an outsider. It was thought Roger Hiorns would win for his installation, “Seizure” a vast room compiled of copper sulphate crystals, but the prize was handed to Wright, for his more traditional wall and floor pieces. This year it was thought that Susan Philipsz would walk away with the honour and she has. Photo: Nicholas Serota Susan Philipsz at Tate Britain 6/12/2010

The Turner Prize is a contemporary art award that was set up in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art. It is the most prestigious prize awarded in the UK. Previous winners include Richard Wright,Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst. Love it or loathe it, the prize is always synonymous with controversy.

Dexter Dalwood is (more or less) a traditional painter whose large scaled works merge politically motivated subject matter with a painterly Pop Art style. His recent solo exhibition at Tate St Ives revealed the rich depth and varied range of his approach to making paintings which draw upon art history as well as contemporary cultural and political events. When Dalwood was a student in the early 1980s, he produced a narrative approach to painting using references to famous 19th- and 20th-century paintings with scenes that depict real people and situations, such as, the death of weapons inspector David Kelly, the Greenham Common protest and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Angela de la Cruz, also creates a more or less socially acceptable approach to her art by deconstructing her minimalist canvases by partially removing them from the stretchers and creating sculpture from the carcuses. Her solo exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre, London utilized “The language of painting and sculpture to create striking works that evoke memory and desire through combining formal tension with a deeper emotional presence”.

Susan Philipsz’s work is far more emotional and visually it barely exists. She paints with sound and emotive melancholy.Her work at the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and in Mirrors, Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain. Philipsz uses her own singing voice to create uniquely evocative sound installations that respond to the character of specific, often out-of-the-way spaces.The work installed at Tate Britain puts her work into a “Public Art context” and it works well

The Otolith GroupPresent their project A Long Time Between Suns, which took the form of exhibitions at Gasworks and The Showroom, London with accompanying publication. The Otolith Group work collaboratively across a range of disciplines, in particular the moving image, to investigate overlooked histories through archival and documentary material.

The Turner Prize award is forty thousand pounds with twenty five thousand pounds going to the winner and five thousand pounds each for the other shortlisted artists. The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 27 April 2010. It is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art and is widely recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at Tate Britain opening on 4 October 2010. The winner will be announced at Tate Britain on 6 December 2010 during a live broadcast by Channel 4.

The prize is awarded each year to ‘a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding’.

Watch the 2010 Video

Dexter Dalwood – Turner Prize 2010 Shortlist
Turner Prize 2010 Shortlist - Dexter DalwoodDexter Dalwood was born in Bristol in 1960 but today lives and works in London. He’s exhibited at, among others,  the 2002 Sydney Biennial, Gagosian in New York, the ICA and the Saatchi Gallery.He’s been nominated for his solo show at Tate St Ives.


Angela de la Cruz – Turner Prize 2010 Shortlist
Turner Prize 2010 - Angela De La CruzAngela de la Cruz from London has been nominated for her ongoing solo show at Camden Arts Centre. “My starting point,” she says, “was deconstructing painting,” in a manner that would have Derrida turning in his grave. 


Susan Philipsz – Turner Prize 2010 Shortlist
Turner Prize 2010 - Susan PhilipszSusan Philipsz creates site-specific sound installations using her own singing voice. She’s been nominated for Lowlands, a special commission for the 2010 Glasgow International Festival 2010.


The Otolith Group – Turner Prize 2010 Shortlist
Turner Prize 2010 - Otolith GroupThe Otolith Group Comprised of Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun,  have been nominated for their 2009 film piece A Long Time Between Suns, Archival material and documentary footage are often combined in their work.


Turner Prize 2010 Shortlist Summary

Angela De la Cruz is based in London. She works by  tearing and folding her paintings before displaying them in doorways, corners or on the gallery floor. In 1998’s Sharon Tate’s House, he tried to echo the way the bodies of the Manson family’s victims were not discovered immediately by police entering the house.The Tate said she considered the stretchers of her canvases as “an extension of the body” and, as a student, had broken them, “freeing [the] painting from the boundaries of its support”.

The Otolith Group – Anjalika Sagar, 42, and Kodwo Eshun, 44, who both live and work in London – have worked on projects including a film which depicts sweatshop workers in Mumbai (Bombay) producing goods in extreme conditions.They”investigate overlooked histories” using archival material.

 Susan Philipsz is a 44 year old  Glaswegian and is best known for replaying recordings of herself, singing well-known songs, over the public address systems of venues including a supermarket and underneath bridges. In 1998’s Filter, she played recordings of her versions of songs by artists including Nirvana, Radiohead and the Velvet Underground on the speakers of a busy bus station.

Dexter Dalwood has been included for paintings which draw on art history while De la Cruz is up for paintings and sculptures “that evoke memory and desire”.

Love it or Loathe it…ArtLyst has been to the Turner Prize exhibition at Tate Britain and here is the result. A virtual tour through the four shortlisted Artist’s rooms.

The Jury : Isabel Carlos, Director, José de Azeredo Perdigão Modern Art Centre (CAMJAP), Lisbon Philip Hensher, Writer, critic and journalis Andrew Nairne, Executive Director, Arts Strategy, Arts Council England, London and Polly Staple, Director, Chisenhale Gallery, London.The jury is chaired by Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain

Here are last years predictions compiled by William Hill.

Turner Prize 2009 Odds: 1/1 Roger Hiorns, 5/2 Enrico David, 7/2 Lucy Skaer, 13/2 Richard Wright


The 2010  Odds


Dexter Dalwood



The Otolith Group



Susan Philipsz



Angela de la Cruz




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