Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Jolly good company

The 2012 Turner Prize exhibition of nominated artists (Spartacus Chetwynd, Luke Fowler, Paul Noble and Elizabeth Price) has just opened at the Tate in London. It brings to mind the impressive list of the many great artists who were nominated for this prize but did not win. They include: Art & Language, Gillian Ayres, Patrick Caulfield, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tacita Dean, Lucian Freud, Richard Hamilton and Boyd Webb. Our own Walters Prize has a similarly strong line up of nominated alumni who did not take out the prize including: Fiona Connor, Phil Dadson, Jacqueline Fraser, Ronnie van Hout, Lisa Reihana, John Reynolds and Michael Stevenson 
Image: New Zealand born Boyd Webb’s Untitled from 1988 the year he was nominated for the Turner Prize (collection: Christchurch Art Gallery)