Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize for 'uncompromising' approach to race relations

Lubiana Himid's 2017 Turner Prize victory is a specious cop-out

Lubiana Himid's 2017 Turner Prize victory is a specious cop-out

The prize's panel said they admired Himid's "expansive and exuberant approach to painting which combines satire and a sense of theatre".

The jury chose to reward her for the "vitality of her work" and "the seriousness of the issues she deals with, which are very relevant today", said Tate Britain museum director and president of the award jury, Alex Farquharson. Also speaking to the Guardian, Himid stated that she was happy to have won the award, and honored the many other black women who were never able to win, even after they were shortlisted.

The prize is famous for launching the careers of Damien Hirst and other members of the "Young British Artists" generation.

For the first time in history, a black artist won the Turner Prize, the most prestigious art award in the United Kingdom.

The works of all four shortlisted artists are on display at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, the former industrial city which is now a City of Culture.

The jury for the prize comprised Dan Fox, a co-editor of Frieze magazine; critic Martin Herbert; Mason Leaver-Yap, a moving-image scholar at the Walker Art Center and an associate curator at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art; and Emily Pethick, the director of the Showroom gallery.

Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, said: "It is fantastic to see so much interest in the Turner Prize within the first four weeks of the exhibition opening".

Himid makes paintings, prints, drawings and installations which celebrate Black creativity and the people of the African diaspora while challenging institutional invisibility.

For his solo exhibitions Hurvin Anderson: Dub Versions at New Art Exchange in Nottingham and Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada. Among her best-known works is the painting "Modern marriage" (1987), where sarcasm joins with social and political denunciation, observes the newspaper, El Mundo. Using low media such as woodcuts or home videos, Büttner is interested in the role of the amateur in the production of culture. She is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. Her films use the camera as an eye to observe moments and events, contrasting reality with moments of fantasy and myth.

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