Thursday, November 1, 2007

Turner Prize: A Retrospective 1984-2006

First stop on my London arts tour was the Tate Britain: the definitive Turner Prize exhibition, featuring works by all the winning artists since it began in 1984. From Anish Kapoor to Damien Hirst, and Gilbert & George to Grayson Perry, it presents a snapshot of British art from the last 24 years.

"Created to draw greater public attention to contemporary art, the Turner Prize has played a significant role in the growing interest in British art and since the mid 1980s the visual arts scene in Britain has changed beyond recognition. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to reflect upon some of the most significant moments in the recent history of British art and the reception of the prize by the press, by artists and by the public."

Here is a photo of Damien Hirst's 'Mother and Child Divided'. I actually walked between the two cases - this piece, among many others in the exhibition challenged me on a personal level and provoked questions regarding my own definitions of art.