It was revealed on Monday night that the surprise 2013 Turner Prize winner is the French artist is Laure Prouvost. Awarded annually to a visual artist under the age of 50, the Turner Prize, named after the painter J. M. W. Turner, has become one of the most coveted contemporary art prizes worldwide. Usually held at the Tate Britain inLondon, it was held for the first time this year outside of England at Ebrington in Derry~Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.
Without travelling to Northern Ireland, I was lucky enough to have seen the installation that got Laure Prouvost the prestigious award. Wantee was first shown as part of a Kurt Schwitters exhibition at Tate Britain. During a private tour with the exhibition’s curator, Emma Chambers, the group was introduced to Laure Prouvost’s work. Fascinated by Edith Thomas, Schwitters’ partner, nicknamed Wantee because of her habit of asking “want tea?”, Prouvost used her as a starting point of the fictional story about her grandfather – a close friend of Schwitters and also a conceptual artist – who she fashioned as bottom-obsessed. It has been suggested that the work conveys emotions because of the theme. I would add that the deemed light and bizarre objects one is surrounded by while watching the video creates a daunting and quite captivating atmosphere that is not solely about nostalgia.
Why was it a surprise? Laure Prouvost was put up against some quite high profile contenders. The other nominees for the 2013 award were Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. I did not go to Ebrington, but I am fortunately familiar with the work of the four artists.
Tino Sehgal won the Golden Lion for the best artist in the International Exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace) in the Venice Biennale 2013 (Central Pavilion, Giardini) and I was lucky enough to be there in September.
You might remember that David Shrigley invited the whole of London to Fight against the Nothingness in 2012.
His show at the Hayward Gallery was described by the Sunday Times as a “quiet triump of British wit” and I giggled indeed from start to finish.
Like Oliver Bragg whom we represent at Galerie E.G.P, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye spent some time at the residency Gasworks. She is an amazing painter whose work I appreciated once again at the Frieze Art Fair at Corvi-Mora’s stand.
A final word? CONGRATULATIONS!
- La Francaise Laure Prouvous remporte le Turner Prize, Le Monde
- In Surprise Win, Laure Prouvost Takes Turner Prize, New York Times
- Turner prize 2013: daft, disarming Prouvost sees off game-changer Sehgal, The Guardian