As one of the best-known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize always opens up a debate. This morning, Tate Britain announced the four artists who have been shortlisted for the prize this year, and they’re sure to get the debate going again in 2017.
The four artists, Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi, will bring their work to Ferens Art Gallery in Hull for the Turner Prize exhibition 2017, as part of our UK City of Culture celebrations. The exhibition is open from 26 Sept 2017 – 7 Jan 2018, and the winner will be announced on 5 Dec 2017 at an award ceremony in Hull, broadcast live on the BBC.
Find out more about each of the artists and their work below.
Hurvin Anderson, Is it OK to be black?, 2016. Oil on canvas, 130 x 100cm. ‘Hurvin Anderson: Dub Versions’, A 70th Anniversary Commission for the Arts Council Collection with New Art Exchange, Nottingham and Thomas Dane Gallery, London. Courtesy of the artist.
For his solo exhibitions Hurvin Anderson: Dub Versions at New Art Exchange in Nottingham and Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada. The jury praised Anderson as an outstanding British painter whose art speaks to our current political moment with questions about identity and belonging, and recognised a deeper interplay between figuration and abstraction in his work. Drawing from art history as much as his own Caribbean heritage, the artist’s dream-like paintings are compositionally dense and vibrant, combining geometric and gestural shapes alongside portraiture, landscape and still-life.
For her solo exhibitions Andrea Büttner: Gesamtzusammenhang at Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen in Switzerland and Andrea Büttner at David Kordansky in Los Angeles. The jury noted Büttner’s unique approach to collaboration and her exploration of religion, morality and ethics, articulated through a wide range of media including printmaking, sculpture, video and painting. Often incorporating archival material, Büttner’s exhibitions investigate shame, vulnerability and poverty. Using low media such as woodcuts or home videos, Büttner is interested in the role of the amateur in the production of culture.
Lubaina Himid, Naming the Money 2004. Installation view of Navigation Charts, Spike Island, Bristol 2017. Courtesy of the artist, Hollybush Gardens, and National Museums, Liverpool. Photo © Stuart Whipps.
For projects including solo exhibitions Lubaina Himid: Invisible Strategies at Modern Art Oxford and Navigation Charts at Spike Island in Bristol, as well as her participation in group exhibition The Place is Here at Nottingham Contemporary. The jury praised these exhibitions for addressing pertinent questions of personal and political identity. As a key figure of the Black Arts Movement, Himid has consistently foregrounded the contribution of African diaspora to Western culture. Working across painting, installation, drawing and printmaking, and bringing both old and new work together, her work is both visually arresting and critical.
For her solo exhibition On This Island at The University Art Galleries at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts in California, and her participation in Documenta 14. The jury was impressed by the depth and maturity of Nashashibi’s work, which often examines sites of human occupation and the coded relationships that occur within those spaces – whether a family home or garden, a ship or the Gaza Strip. Her films use the camera as an eye to observe moments and events, contrasting reality with moments of fantasy and myth. They show how the intimate and everyday collide with issues of surveillance and control.
Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 24 April 2017. The award is £40,000, with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. In previous years, the award was given to artists under the age of 50 – this age cap has been lifted for the first time in 2017, in an exciting new turn for the prize.
Find out more about the Turner Prize jury for 2017.
Article header image: Lubaina Himid. Naming The Money, 2004. Installation view of Navigation Charts, Spike Island, Bristol 2017. Courtesy of the artist, Hollybush Gardens, and National Museums Liverpool. Photo © Stuart Whipps.