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4 vie for Turner Prize 2014

The Turner Prize 2014 exhibition opens at Tate Britain 30 September 2014 and will be on view to 4 January 2015.

The artists vying for the 30th Turner Prize, Duncan Campbell, Ciara Phillips, James Richards and Tris Vonna-Michell, were shortlisted earlier this year.  The winner of the GBP 40,000 prize will be announced live on Channel 4 by British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor on 1 December.

James Richards is showing Rosebud 2013, where filmed censored photographs from Tokyo library books are interspersed with passages of a more tender nature. Richards also shows The Screens 2013, which features projected images from a theatrical make-up manual, and Untitled Merchandise (Lovers and Dealers) 2007. The latter transposes snapshots of lovers and art dealers who were close to artist Keith Haring on to souvenir blankets that ordinarily depict members of the US military.

Tris Vonna-Michell is showing Postscript II (Berlin) 2014, a slide installation based on a story about his mother’s childhood in post-war Germany with an accompanying intimate and calm monologue that reflects the personal nature of the story. Vonna-Michell also shows his first film installation, Finding Chopin: Dans l’Essex 2014 which revolves around French sound poet Henri Chopin (1922 – 2008), a reappearing figure in Vonna-Michell’s work.

Ciara Phillips presents a new installation, Things Shared 2014. Colourful handmade screenprints are pasted straight onto the gallery walls from floor to ceiling. A giant 3D ‘OK’ punctuates the room interrupting and redirecting our sightline. The installation combines new work with reconfigured and re-presented elements from existing projects. The title of the installation points towards Phillips’s long-standing interest in collaboration and her process driven approach.

Duncan Campbell’s It for Others 2013 responds to a 1953 film essay about historical African art and colonialism, Statues Also Die by Chris Marker and Alan Resnais. Campbell’s entry has already triggered a major controversy with the British Museum, specifically with director Neil MacGregor. Diverse archive footage and new material includes a new dance work by the choreographer Michael Clark, anthropomorphic packaging and the infamous 1971 photography of Official IRA volunteer Joseph McCann. Campbell will also show Sigmar 2008, inspired by his interest in but scant personal knowledge of German artist Sigmar Polke.

The Turner 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 17 April 2014. It is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art.

The Prize award is GBP 40,000 with GBP 25,000 going to the winner and GBP 5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.

The winner this year will be decided by a jury whose members are: Stefan Kalmár, Executive Director and Curator, Artists Space, New York; Helen Legg, Director, Spike Island, Bristol; Sarah McCrory, Director, Glasgow International; Dirk Snauwaert, Artistic Director, Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels chaired by Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain.

The Turner Prize 2014 Exhibition. 30 September 2014 – 4 January 2015.  Tate Britain, Open daily 10.00 – 18.00. Entrance charges apply. www.tate.org.uk

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