This years Turner prize actually looks quite Exciting. Yesterday they announced the 2013 shortlist who will be exhibiting their work at the Tate Britain until December. The list stands as Tino Seghal who works with live audiences, Laure Prouvost, an installation artist and filmmaker, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye who created painted portraits of fictional people and finally my personal favorite David Shrigley, who combines drawings photography and painting to create often humorous works. Shrigley, the Glaswegian artist will surely spark some debate with his whimsical line drawings, that to many won’t be considered Art.
It will be interesting to see what work he contributes to the exhibition, for although his postcards and prints are very witty, I think that perhaps his sculptural works are more intellectually engaging.
However, there seems to be a much better variety this year than before and it is refreshing to have an artist like Yiadom-Boakye who creates works solely in the painted medium. Her works comment on racial difference, challenging the way we “read” works. To me she is somewhat akin to Marlene Duchamp in the way she constructs her figures, although clearly they are very different in form.
The other two don’t really tickle my fancy, but who know what this year’s panel will say.