The Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist under fifty each year. Artists are nominated for an exhibition (or other presentation of their work) that took place in the twelve months preceding 16 April 2013. While the four shortlisted artists display their work at a Turner Prize exhibition, the jury award the prize for the originally nominated presentation.
The four artists shortlisted for the Turner Prize this year were Laure Prouvost, Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
For her Tate and Grizedale Arts commission Wantee, and her two-part installation for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women Farfromwords
Prouvost’s unique approach to filmmaking, often situated within atmospheric installations, employs strong story telling, quick cuts, montage and deliberate misuse of language to create surprising and unpredictable work.
For his project at documenta (XIII), This Variation, and at Tate ModernThese Associations.
Seghal’s intimate works are at once structured and improvised, consisting purely of live encounters between people with a keen sensitivity to their institutional context. Through participation they test the limits of artistic material and audience perception.
For his solo exhibition at Hayward Gallery David Shrigley: Brain Activity
The exhibition of Shrigley’s well-loved drawings with his photography, sculpture and film offered a comprehensive overview and new perspectives on his work, revealing his black humour, macabre intelligence and infinite jest.
For her exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery Extracts and Verses
Yiadom-Boakye’s painted portraits of imaginary people use invented pre-histories and raise pertinent questions about how we read pictures in general, particularly with regard to black subjects.
The members of the Turner Prize 2013 jury are:
Annie Fletcher, Curator of Exhibitions, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Susanne Gaensheimer, Director of Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art
Declan Long, writer and lecturer at National College of Art and Design, Dublin
Ralph Rugoff, Director of Hayward Gallery, London