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Tate Britain Announces Four Turner Prize Nominees

Helen Marten, "Eucalyptus, Let Us In," 2015. COURTESY OF GREEN NAFTALI

Helen Marten, “Eucalyptus, Let Us In,” 2015.
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Tate Britain announced four nominees for the annual Turner Prize today: Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten, and Josephine Pryde. The prize, reserved for artists under the age of 50 who either live in Britain or are of British descent, awards £25,000 to one individual, with the other three receiving £5,000 each. Established in 1984, it is the most prestigious award a young artist can receive in Britain.

For the first time in five years, all candidates have hailed from Britain.

Dean received a nomination for his ongoing South London Gallery show “Sic Glyphs” and last year’s “Qualities of Violence” show at De Appel in Amsterdam, exhibitions which investigate the intersection of physical space and language through found and manipulated materials. Hamilton was selected for her recent solo show “Anthea Hamilton: Lichen! Libido! Chastity!,” an interdisciplinary exhibition merging sculpture, fashion, performance, and video that closed earlier this year at SculptureCenter in New York. Marten was chosen for her installment at the the 56th Venice Biennale, which featured found materials and sculptural tableaus and also appeared as a solo exhibition at Green Naftali in New York titled “Eucalyptus, Let Us In.” And Pryde, an established photographer who places a focus on multidimensional installation techniques, was noted for her contribution to “New Photography 2013,” an exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Tate Britain will host an exhibition of the nominees’ work from September 27 through January 9. The winner of the prize, selected by a four-person jury headed by Alex Farquharson, Tate Britain’s Director, will be announced via broadcast on the BBC in early December.

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