I’m underwhelmed. But since I do it every year, my official vote goes towards…Tino Sehgal.
I haven’t guessed right in a few years but…whatever. Who came up with this list, srsly?
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It has been a while since the Turner prize really enraged me. Only yesterday I was praising it. This art prize often used to make my blood boil. Then in 2009, I was on the Turner jury: I didn’t annoy myself at all. I worked hard to make sure that every decision the jury made was one I was happy with – especially the winner, Richard Wright. Then, last year, there was a kind of OK, slightly so-so shortlist, no disgrace to the Turner, yet nothing to arouse my passions either way. But this year I fell in love with the art of George Shaw, and to see him shortlisted for the Turner then cast down as an also-ran infuriates and, to be honest, disgusts me. I had forgotten how stupid the Turner prize can be.
Jonathan Jones being on the jury for the 2009 prize also explains my psychic visions. Peas in a pod him and I.
If he doesn’t, I maintain that the jury probably had a psychotic break or were bribed.*
*I have no evidence of either and just made that up.
George Shaw Poet’s Day
I have been remiss in not using my psychic abilities to tell you who was going to win the Turner Prize this year, seeing as the nominees came out a week ago. Actually, this isn’t true, because if you read my Guest of a Guest post last week you would know who I thought was going to win. I digress. If I were a gambling lady, I would put all my money on George Shaw. After last year’s wild card winner, I am pretty sure that his stoic paintings are going to be extra attractive.
Second choice is Karla Black.