Until 22 Jan 2006. The Turner Prize is one of Europes most prestigious awards for contemporary visual art. To be eligible you must be British and under 50 and have presented an outstanding exhibition of your work within the past year. The work of the four artists shortlisted for this years prize is currently on show at the Tate Britain.
Shedboatshed by this year's winner Simon Starling a shed which he dismantled, turned into a boat, used to travel down the Rhine and then rebuilt in Basle, Switzerland is a visual ode to the process of transformation.
After the controversy surrounding past Turner prize-winners, this years line-up seems almost sedate, with even the inclusion of a conventional artist, Gillian Carnegie, who nevertheless has an experimental approach to composition, light and colour in her still-lifes, landscapes and paintings of the human form. Jim Lambie takes the paraphernalia of everyday life and transforms it into dynamic sculptural installations. This exhibition of his work is remarkable for the effect he obtains from geometric tape floor designs. Finally Darren Almonds section of the exhibition is a darkened room with photos and a video installation entitled If I had You dedicated to memory and the passing of time, accompanied by a soundtrack of melancholic piano music. The award winner receives 25,000 in prize money and the runners-up 5,000 each. Admission 5. 10.0017.50 (last admission 17.00). 2426 Dec closed.
Jim Lambie: The Kinks 2005. Mixed media installation.
Photo by courtesy of the artist, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Sadie Coles HQ, London and Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
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Turner Prize 2005 at the Tate
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