The shortlist for this year’s Turner Prize, the first since it was announced that nominated artists no longer had to be under 50, has been announced by Tate.
The four chosen artists are: Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi. Both Anderson (born 1965) and Himid (1954) would not have been eligible prior to the prize abandoning its age limit.
Birmingham-born painter Anderson is nominated 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.
The jury stated that Anderson’s work ‘speaks to our current political moment with questions about identity and belonging’ while also recognising ‘a deeper interplay between figuration and abstraction in his work’. Anderson’s paintings draw from both art history and his own Caribbean heritage.
London-based German artist Andrea Büttner is nominated for her solo exhibitions ‘Andrea Büttner: Gesamtzusammenhang’ at Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen in Switzerland and ‘Andrea Büttner’ at David Kordansky in Los Angeles.
Working across media including printmaking, sculpture, video and painting, and often using archival material, the jury praised Büttner’s ‘unique approach to collaboration and her exploration of religion, morality and ethics’.
Himid, who was part of the British Black Arts Movement in the 1980s, is nominated for solo exhibitions ‘Lubaina Himid: Invisible Strategies’ at Modern Art Oxford and ‘Navigation Charts’ at Spike Island, Bristol, along with her presentation in the group exhibition ‘The Place is Here’ at Nottingham Contemporary.
Working across painting, installation, drawing and printmaking, Himid is also a professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire where she leads the research project, Making Histories Visible, which explores the work and impact of the Black Arts Movement.
Liverpool-based filmmaker Rosalind Nashashibi is nominated for her solo exhibition ‘On This Island’ at The University Art Galleries at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts in California, and for her participation in Documenta 14.
Praised by the jury for ‘the depth and maturity’ of her work, Nashashibi examines everyday human relationships within contested spaces, for example filming family life in the Gaza Strip.
This year’s exhibition of work by the shortlisted artists will be hosted by Ferens Art Gallery in Hull and will for the first time be taken into consideration when deciding the winner of the £25,000 prize.
The members of the Turner Prize 2017 jury are: Dan Fox, co-editor at Frieze, Martin Herbert, art critic, Mason Leaver-Yap, Walker Art Center’s Bentson Scholar of Moving Image in Minneapolis and Associate Curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, and Emily Pethick, director, Showroom. Chair of the jury is Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson.
The winner will be announced on 5 December 2017 at an award ceremony that will be broadcast live on the BBC.
The Turner Prize 2017 exhibition will take place 26 September 2017 – 7 January 2018, Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull TR19 6PP
1. ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Rosalind Nashashibi, Electrical Gaza, 2015, video still, ‘On This Island: Rosalind Nashashibi’, The University Art Galleries at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts in California 2015. Courtesy: the artist
2.￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ Hurvin Anderson, Flat Top, 2008, Oil on canvas, 250 x 208 cm, ‘Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop’, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2016. Courtesy: the artist
3. Andrea Büttner, installation view, ‘Andrea Büttner’, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, 2016. Photo: Brian Forrest
4. Lubaina Himid, A Fashionable Marriage, 1986, installation view, ‘The Place is Here’, Nottingham Contemporary. Courtesy: the artist and Hollybush Gardens. Photo: Andy Keate