Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde have been nominated for the 2016 Turner Prize, one of the best-known awards for the visual arts. An exhibition of the short-listed artists’ works begins Sept. 27 at The Tate in the U.K. and winners are announced in December.
Michael Dean’s sculptures and installations reference the everyday urban environment and familiar but aesthetically overlooked materials – from a rebar on a building site to the corrugated metal of a shop shutter. He is nominated for his exhibitions Sic Glyphs at South London Gallery and Qualities of Violence at de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam.Helen Marten brings together a wide range of found objects and immaculately crafted elements in her sculptures. While suggestive of contemporary visual culture, as well as various kinds of art since the 60s, the work defies both form and meaning. She is nominated for projects including Lunar Nibs at the 56th Venice Biennale and the solo exhibition Eucalyptus Let Us In at Green Naftali, New York.
Through photography and installation Josephine Pryde explores the very nature of image making and display. She is fascinated by the relationship between art and photography, of art as commodity and of the seductive qualities of the wider art world. She is nominated for her solo exhibition Lapses in Thinking by the Person I am at CCA Wattis, San Francisco.
Anthea Hamilton works across sculpture, installation, performance and video, bringing a surrealist sensibility to popular culture and the mind-bending volume of stylized and sexualized imagery in the digital world. She is nominated for her solo exhibition Anthea Hamilton: Lichen! Libido! Chastity! at SculptureCenter, New York.
More info on the Turner Prize, here.