Turner Prize Nods Include Crystal Cave

Four artists up for $36,000 art prize
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2009 9:17 AM CDT
An installation shot of 'Seizure,' by Roger Hiorns, who blasted a condemned apartment with thousands of gallons of copper sulphate.   (©Ewan-M)
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(Newser) – A diverse quartet of artists has been nominated for this year's Turner Prize, one of the art world's most visible awards. Two artists from London and two from Glasgow are up for the UK prize, which comes with a $36,000 purse. They will exhibit their work, which runs the gamut from figurative painting to collage to complex installations, at the Tate in London later this year; the winner will be announced in December, reports the Guardian.

The nominees for this year's prize are:

  • Enrico David, an Italian-born painter who often draws inspiration from the fashion world
  • Roger Hiorns, who flooded a condemned apartment with thousands of gallons of copper sulphate, which hardened into blue crystals
  • Lucy Skaer, who makes drawings, sculptures, and films often based on found photographs
  • Richard Wright, who executes wall drawings, often improvised on the spot, that are later destroyed