Two Scottish artists among 4 Turner Prize nominees

Wed May 4, 2011 3:02pm EDT
 
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Two Scottish sculptors are among four nominees for the 2011 Turner Prize, one of contemporary art's most prestigious and controversial awards, following the success last year of Scotland's Susan Philipsz.

Karla Black, the youngest of the nominees aged 38, was born in Alexandria, Scotland, and lives and works in Glasgow, as does Hamilton-born Martin Boyce, aged 43.

Completing the shortlist announced on Wednesday were English artists Hilary Lloyd, 46, a London-based filmmaker, and 44-year-old George Shaw, a painter who works in North Devon.

The annual prize awards British artists aged under 50 for an "outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding."

Established in 1984, it has thrived on public debate about what constitutes art, with critics in the past accusing winners of creating works designed purely to shock.

Previous winners of the award, which comes with a cheque for 25,000 pounds ($41,170), include Grayson Perry, a cross-dressing ceramicist, and Martin Creed, whose installation in 2001 featured lights going on and off in an empty room.

Philipsz was the first sound artist to win the award.

Among the 2011 nominees, Black's installations combine traditional tools of sculpture with everyday materials like lipstick, soil, balsa wood and eye shadow.   Continued...