Over the years the coveted art prize’s annual exhibition has caused quite a stir amongst both critics and the general public. It’s been criticised for being sexist, politically incorrect, elitist and out of touch. It’s cemented the position of artists including Gilbert & George, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst and Steve McQueen in the canon of art by crowning each as winners. Lack of sponsorship funds threatened the continuation of the prize in 1990 until Channel 4 stepped in to save the day. And Martin Creed’s winning exhibit in 2001 ‘The lights going on and off’ divided the art-loving nation. Celebrating its thirty-second year, the Turner Prize returns to Tate Britain with four shortlisted artists selected by a jury including ex Art on the Underground curator Tamsin Dillon and The Hepworth Wakefield director Simon Wallis.
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