The Tate today announced the four relatively unknown artists who have been shortlisted for the 2008 Turner Prize. As usual, no painters were selected, although the list is uncharacteristically dominated by women.
David Adjaye, Director, Adjaye Associates; Daniel Birnbaum, Director, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste; Suzanne Cotter, Senior Curator, Modern Art Oxford; Jennifer Higgie, Editor, Frieze magazine; Stephen Deuchar, Director, Tate Britain
The shortlist (lifted from the press release):
Runa Islam: For her solo exhibition Centre of Gravity at Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen and National Museum of Art, Oslo and the presentation of her work at Venice Biennale 2007 for the continuing development of a unique visual language in her films. Islam creates closely choreographed films with open ended narratives that are analytical and emotionally charged.
Mark Leckey: Mark Leckey has been nominated for his solo exhibitions Industrial Light & Magic at Le Consortium, Dijon, and Resident at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, which combine sculpture, film, sound and performance. With wit and originality, Leckey continues to find new genres through which to communicate his fascination with contemporary culture.
Goshka Macuga: For her solo exhibition Objects in Relation, Art Now at Tate Britain and her contribution to the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art for her carefully staged, mixed-media installations in which she draws on the conventions of the historical archive and exhibition making. Enacting a form of cultural archaeology, Macuga enlists the collaboration of artists past and present in dramatic environments that suggest new narratives and associations.
Cathy Wilkes: For her solo exhibition at Milton Keynes Gallery, that showed her personal approach to figurative sculpture. Through rigorous, highly charged arrangements of commonplace objects and materials, Wilkes has developed an articulate and eloquent vocabulary that touches on issues of femininity and sexuality.
The four Turner Prize-winning painters
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