Turner Prize 2012 (LIVE BLOG)

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All the action from tonight's big announcement. Plus some silly stuff.

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...All that is left to say is a massive congratulations to Elizabeth Price and all four of the artists nominated - oh, and to Jude Law for making sure those Turner Prize headlines keep coming.

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We called it, we wanted it, it happened.


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Jude Law!?

No, wait.

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...Nicholas Serota feels the Turner Prize is still relevant.

Just teasing, we do too.

Though one of the most interesting aspects of the show is the comment board at the end, on which, if we remember right, opinion is fairly split...

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@ laurenlaverne : Just spoke to Spartacus Chetwynd's gollum. He was pretty negative. @Tate #TurnerPrize.

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While Channel 4 are rounding up the four artists, here is a reminder, if we may, of our own thoughts on the show when we reviewed it in October:


TREV2012 by Paul Noble

Paul Noble

"Noble's delicate and painstakingly-drawn scenes are far from crude or even particularly humorous: in one, the quiet detritus of an abandoned and broken green house floats in an ocean of perfect circles, like those left when a fish breaches the water's surface. It's a solemn and enchanting piece of work."


Luke Fowler

"What emerges is not just Laing as the type of marginalised character Fowler has taken on as his subjects before, but a vivid sense of an era and of the artist himself. It's serious, purposeful video art as long as a TV documentary but never lapses into self-indulgence or incomprehensibility.

spartacus Spartacus Chetwynd

"It's difficult to dislike an artist clearly having so much fun - Chetwynd says her approach is 'unbridled enthusiasm', which is certainly refreshing to hear - but really, this is the sort of stuff you can see outside during any day of the Edinburgh Fringe. I have no idea what it's doing on the Turner Prize shortlist."


Elizabeth Price

"So much to think about is crammed inside such a short space of time, yet overall, the piece flows almost like a modern music video, using text and sound effects to narrate the story . It's highly technically accomplished, but with a poetic touch. I hope it wins the top prize in December - it certainly deserves to."

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Channel 4's coverage is under way, and what to make of Noel Fielding's hat?!

A clear tribute to Paul Noble's turds, if you ask us...

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...Will old Jude get political on us?

@ gomespete : Hey Jude Law. Mention the sale of Henry Moores Old Flo in your speech. @bobandroberta #TurnerPrize #oldflo

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...(sorry) tonight might not be as straight-forward as we think.

Anyone remember this daring art revolutionary?


When the Turner Prize was hosted at the Baltic Gallery in Newcastle last year - attracting record visitor figures, I might add - one man decided to celebrate by wearing nothing but a pink tutu and rushing the stage, cementing his place in art history. Sort of.

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Let's take a quick look at the entrants one by one, starting with the bookie's favourite (at 11/8, no less) Paul Noble.

Question: Are these things lumps of human excrement?


...Because although we've all presumed they're turds, I've yet to see any evidence anywhere of Noble confirming that fact. Certainly it's not in the program notes at the Tate - and I've been twice.

So, if not lumps of crap, would could they be?

Worms? Twigs? Missiles from the future? The best alternative answer wins, well, nothing. Nothing but the respect of one man sat in a flat in Clapham with a limited imagination.

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Whether it's Tracey Emin's unmade bed, Chris Ofili's elephant dung or Paul Noble's city of turds, headlines have always been the lifeblood of the Turner.

For some of the more amusing examples, you could do worse than visit out round up of the 11 Biggest Turner Prize Controversies Ever.

When the task in front of you is to get the great British public interested in contemporary art, who can blame judges over the years for shining a light on the more 'provocative' artists out there? The problem is that this tends to obscure the genuine qualities of the artists and the wider show.

In the run up to tonight, all the talk has been about the turds and a lady who changed her name to Spartacus, but as Ben Borthwick points out below, the other two entries are brilliant examples of video art - so brilliant, in one case, that The Daily Telegraph's Richard Dorment called Price's entry "20 of the most exhilarating minutes I've ever spent in an art gallery."

@ borthwickben : Film and video has already stolen the show at #TurnerPrize. So will it be Luke Fowler or Elizabeth Price? #streetsahead

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...Whose videos are generally superb.

@ bunnyBISOUS : RT @Tate: Time to get super excited about the #TurnerPrize. Watch our 2 minute films on each of the nominees here http://t.co/9yNVBps8

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...Well, not really. No one is finding out diddly-squat about who has won this year's Turner Prize until just before 8pm tonight when that icon of contemporary art Jude Law tells us live on Channel 4.

In the meantime, we thought we'd round up the best gossip leaking from the Tate, take a meander through the Turner's rich history of controversy and - let's face it - debate what the Royal Baby might be called.

Paul? Luke? Elizabeth?



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