The visual artist Lubaina Himid, best known for her paintings, installations and drawings depicting the African diaspora, won the Turner Prize on Tuesday night, making her the first nonwhite woman to be given the leading British contemporary art award.
Her victory brings a cash prize of 25,000 pounds, or about $34,000, and was announced by Goldie, the British electronic musician and D.J., at a ceremony in Hull, England, broadcast by the BBC.
Alex Farquharson, Tate Britain’s director and the chairman of the Turner Prize jury, said in a statement that the jury “praised the artist for her uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today.” Ms. Himid won for three of her shows this year, in Oxford, Bristol and Nottingham, he said.
Among the selection of Ms. Himid’s work on display at the Turner Prize exhibition in Hull was a collection of English ceramics painted with images of black slaves.
In addition to Ms. Himid, the nominee Hurvin Anderson, 52, was also made eligible by the new age limit. The relaxed entry requirements were welcomed by critics, who said they widened the scope of artists and better reflected modern British art.
Mr. Anderson explores themes of identity in his paintings of Afro-Caribbean barbershops. The other nominees this year were Rosalind Nashashibi, a filmmaker known for blending documentary techniques with scripted scenes, and Andrea Büttner, whose prize show entry included a display about Simone Weil, the French philosopher and activist.
Works by all of the nominees are on display in an exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull. The location of the Turner exhibition alternates between the Tate Britain in London and galleries in other parts of the U.K. every year.
In previous years, the prize was judged only on the recent exhibitions for which the artists were nominated. This was the first year in which the prize show itself was formally taken into account.
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This year’s shortlist was also noted for being one of the most diverse. All of the nominees have connections abroad, either by birth or through parentage. Ms. Nashashibi, 44, was born in London to a Palestinian father and an Irish mother; Ms. Büttner, 46, is German-born; Mr. Anderson is the son of Jamaican immigrants; and Ms. Himid was born in Tanzania.
“The jury applauded the four nominated artists for their socially engaged and visually imaginative work,” Mr. Farquharson said.
Alongside Mr. Farquharson, the members of this year’s jury were Dan Fox, writer and co-editor of Frieze; Martin Herbert, art critic; Mason Leaver-Yap, associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin; and Emily Pethick, director of the Showroom gallery in London.
The Turner Prize was established in 1984 and is awarded to an artist born, living or working in Britain. Last year’s winner was the multimedia artist Helen Marten, who won for her installations made of mixed materials including wood, glass, aluminum and feathers. Previous winners have included Grayson Perry, Steve McQueen and Damien Hirst.
The exhibition at the Ferens Gallery runs until Jan. 7.
Source: New York Times – Art and Design