The Turner Prize 2010

JD waxes lyrical on art:

It’s that time of year again. The Turner Prize has been and gone and our lives have been enriched once more by the dazzling display of virtuosity from our young British artists. Or maybe not.
Perhaps it should be renamed the Hans Christian Andersen Prize after his tale of the Emperor’s new Clothes.

I was going to have a rant about the state of State Art but what’s the point. David Lee of The Jackdaw has been shouting at them for ten years or more and has barely dented the smug complacency of the Art Establishment.

Now before you say that all new art in the past has always been criticised and vilified before it was finally accepted and then loved by the public; well yes and no.

Most people using that argument refer to the Impressionist to support their case and then stop. But the Impressionists really were outsiders and staged their own shows away from the official Salon. The difference now is that today’s art establishment encourages and pays for those new artists who are pretending to challenge accepted values.

2010 entrant:

For example:

“In 2006 the Charity Commission ruled that the Tate’s 2005 purchase of its trustee Chris Ofili’s work The Upper Room for £705,000 was illegal and that the Tate had been acting illegally for 50 years in this way. This followed considerable press coverage of the matter, initiated by Charles Thomson, Co-founder of the Stuckists, who obtained Tate Trustee minutes and forced the Tate to reveal the price of the work under the Freedom of Information Act.”

We have reached the Orwellian position of having a State approved Art Establishment endorsing and encouraging the supposed rebels.

Conceptual Art, which seems to be the only thing on show these days, probably began when Marcel Duchamp bought a standard model urinal and called it “Fountaine” It was submitted to a show in New York in 1917 but was not exhibited.
Duchamp’s idea was that one could take a ready made object such as the urinal and because he said it was Art, then it was Art.

This is the ultimate absurdity of course and yet there are still people who would defend the idea-

The good news is that even Channel4 has realised the Turner Prize is a joke. They used to have a one hour programme, broadcast live from the Tate Gallery, to announce the winner. Now it is an item on the news.
Is the end in sight for this nonsense?

Last word must go to Charles “is my shoe art” Thomson with his comment on Sir Nicholas Serota and the Tate.


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6 comments for “The Turner Prize 2010

  1. December 6, 2010 at 21:10

    Contemporary art is a mixed bag of the talented and talentless which a huge dollop of bullshit. The art scenes in other countries are far more vibrant. Surprisingly Iran’s art scene is vibrant, I am privileged to know somw extremely talented artists from that country

  2. December 7, 2010 at 14:00

    If the 4 shortlisted were the best on offer then indeed art is in a bad way. Whilst the woman in the wheelchair who had a stroke is deserving of our sympathy, nevertheless folded coloured binliners are not art. As for the woman who won, my view is that the Sounds of Silence is better in an Art Gallery so that people can appreciate the paintings and sculptures.

  3. December 7, 2010 at 16:30

    Agree with both.

  4. December 7, 2010 at 22:05
  5. December 7, 2010 at 22:09

    “And if transgressive art can’t shock, what does it have to offer? After all, once you’ve seen Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ and gotten the joke, is there anything worth revisiting in it? Whatever frisson it might once have delivered was used up in its first display. Once the shock is gone, all that’s left is a urinal.”

  6. December 7, 2010 at 22:46

    There are elements of this post and comments touched on in tomorrow morning’s post at 08:00, not the 06:47 one.

    The major source I use in that longish post is directly concerned with art and what has happened to it, whereas I address the notion of political correctness more generally.

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