A giant golden bottom is one of the nominations for this years Turner Prize, and it’s joined by a bunch of other curious and bizarre pieces. The Turner Prize, named after Joseph Mallord William Turner (better known as William Turner), was established in 1984 and has been known for some rather controversial nominations in the past. In 1995, Damien Hirst won the prize for Mother and Child (Divided), which attracted some rather critical attention over his use of the bisected carcasses of a cow and a calf. Also, in 1999, Tracey Emin was nominated for her famous piece, My Bed, which featured used condoms and empty vodka bottles.
This year’s artists include Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde, and their work is all recognised for it’s originality and boldness; Dean’s work is made from materials that he has salvaged, such as old shop shutters; Hamilton is the genius behind the very Instagrammable golden buttocks; Marten focuses on an artistic representation of daily life; and Pryde prides herself on finding a crossroad between art and photography.
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The exhibition is now open to visitors until January, although the winner will be announced in December this year. As a first for the Turner Prize exhibition, the public will be able to take their own photos and share them on social media. This is a ploy to spread awareness of the prize and encourage wider conversation about the nominations.
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