oil and acrylic on canvas, 260 x 400 x 105cm
Painters Dexter Dalwood and Angela de la Cruz are among the four finalists for the Turner Prize, Britain’s well known and controversial art award sponsored by the Tate. Named after 19th-century landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, the prize was established in 1984 to honor young artists. Surprisingly, this year the finalists are all in their forties. Dalwood, 49, who recently had a solo show at Gagosian’s Beverly Hills outpost and currently has a show at Tate St. Ives, gained attention for his depictions of famous suicides and homicides such as the Sharon Tate massacre. Angela de la Cruz, 45, who currently has a show at the Camden Arts Centre in London, is known for a distinctively traumatized minimalism. Her crumpled, crushed, and broken canvases are strewn lifelessly on the gallery floor or hung limply on the wall. “The moment I cut through the canvas,” de La Cruz says,” I get rid of the grandiosity of painting.” She sees the work as violent, unapologetic and darkly humorous, exposing a visceral emotionalism and the sense that a scene of frenetic violent activity has just taken place–leaving in its wake the strangely paradoxical feeling of spent energy and a sense of calm; a visual catharsis.
The other finalists include Susan Philipsz, 44, who has played recordings of herself singing pop songs in stairwells, supermarkets and under bridges, and London-based filmmaking duo the Otolith Group � Anjalika Sagar, 42, and Kodwo Eshun, 44. (via)
An exhibition of work by the finalists opens at the Tate Britain gallery on Oct. 4. The winner will be announced Dec. 6.