Friday, July 23, 2010

Prize winning idea

The Walters Prize opens tonight and the word is that at least one of the artists has made a new installation rather than attempt to re-present in some way the exhibition that led to their selection. This is a big leap forward for the Prize. It should open up more interesting shows and give artists an opportunity to be more adventurous. Trying to recreate an exhibition that was designed for a specific space is always tough as many touring exhibitions have shown. Besides, the two-year gap between prizes can be a lifetime in the work of some younger (and some older) artists when it’s evolving fast. The exhibition of the four Walters Prize finalists (Dan Arps, Fiona Connor, Saskia Leek and Alex Monteith) will be open to the public on Saturday.

Other stories on the 2010 Walters Prize that have featured on OTN: