Whatever happened to art that takes you somewhere you’ve never been before? Art that shakes you up not only with its ideas and its stories, but with the way it expresses them?
We can’t expect every Turner Prize to deliver the new Picasso, the new Jackson Pollock, or the new Damien Hirst. But the Turner Prize has traditionally been able to put a distinctive spin on its list of four contending artists, most of whom will be unknown to the general public. In 2016, for instance, we saw the arrival of a new kind of sculptural collage, typified by winner Helen Marten, while last year we had the Turner’s “most political list to date”, all of them filmmakers.
This year, however, there is an unnerving...
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