Turner Prize 2016
27 September 2016 – 2 January 2017
An exhibition showcasing the work of the four finalists shortlisted for the contemporary art prize.
Since it was first founded in 1984 the prize's very raison d'être has been to promote the discussion of new developments in contemporary British art; previous winners have included Tracey Emin, Jeremy Deller, Grayson Perry and Rachel Whiteread.
This year's shortlist is as eclectic as ever, with Anthea Hamilton nominated for a show that included an 18ft sculpture of a man's bare buttocks and Josephine Pryde for one in which visitors rode through the gallery on a miniature locomotive train. Michael Dean and Helen Marten are also finalists.
Chair of the judges and Tate Britain’s director, Alex Farquharson, said that the nominated works were emblematic of 'living in a world saturated in images under the ubiquitous influence of the internet'.
The four finalists in the running for the £25,000 prize are:
Dean is interested in ways of physically presenting language. His fascination with shop shutters and the stickers that are pasted on to them provided the inspiration for his South London Gallery nominated show, where he presented sculptures made from building materials and text written in his own specially-designed typeface.
Hamilton's surrealist take on popular culture has spanned from steel chastity belts and brick patterned suits to giant PVC pipes designed to look like cigarettes. The headline-grabbing 'bottom' piece was based on the unrealised designs of Gaetano Pesce, who planned to create a bare male behind for the doorway for a Manhattan skyscraper in the 1970s.
Marten's work resists neat categorisation; her installations are assemblages of objects she has either found or created, arranged without any obvious agenda or meaning. As demonstrated by her Venice Biennale nominated project, the emphasis is instead on the viewer, who is left to contemplate the connections for themself.
Pryde tests the boundaries between photography and art. Described as a 'conceptual photographer', for her nominated show she installed a 1:10 scale model of a Union Pacific freight locomotive that took visitors on a journey past images of disembodied female hands.