Turner Prize Shortlist Revealed for 2019, With Four Artists Up for Prestigious Award -ARTnews

Turner Prize Shortlist Revealed for 2019, With Four Artists Up for Prestigious Award -ARTnews

Installation view of “Tai Shani: DC Semiramis,” 2019, at the Tetley, Leeds, England.


The Turner Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious art awards, has revealed the shortlist for 2019. Given annually to a British artist, the prize awards the winner £25,000 (about $32,700). Others on the shortlist receive £5,000 ($6,500). The winner will be announced in December, following an exhibition of the four artists at Turner Contemporary in Margate, England, opening in September. Already the exhibition looks to be a source of controversy—a report by the Guardian on Wednesday revealed that Turner Contemporary has received funding from a company chaired by a supporter of anti-gay political policy.

The 2019 prize’s jury is chaired by Alex Farquharson, the director of Tate Britain in London, and also includes Alessio Antoniolli, the director of the Gasworks & Triangle Network; Elvira Dyangani Ose, the director of the Showroom Gallery and a lecturer in visual cultures at Goldsmiths; Victoria Pomery, the director of Turner Contemporary; and art writer Charlie Porter. Alongside today’s announcement came news that the 2020 Turner Prize edition will be held at Tate Britain.

The shortlisted artists for this year’s prize are:

– Lawrence Abu Hamdan, whose work with sound and other media often delves into the aural qualities of political strife. He is being recognized for an exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery and a performance at Tate Modern.

– Helen Cammock, whose films, photographs, prints, texts, and performances that aim to complicate well-known history have shown at the Void art space and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.

– Oscar Murillo, a painter and installation artist whose work often addresses colonialism and mass consumption. Last year he showed work at the Berlin Biennale and presented solo shows at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge and the chi K11 art museum Shanghai.

– Tai Shani, whose installations considering the status of women in the past, present, and future recently featured in the Glasgow International, a solo show at the Tetley in Leeds, and a group show about feminism at Nottingham Contemporary.

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