Wednesday, 5 December 2007

HOT: Turner Retrospective at Tate Britain Millbank

The annual Turner Prize is the enfant terrible of the art award world and this retrospective exhibition of the winners shows why – there is a lot of crap on display (sometimes literally –elephant dung decorated with puffy paint featured). At least the range of art/crap provoked some spirited debate amongst my friends. My favourite was Anish Kapoor’s “Void”: three large cones of dark blue felt which sucked you into its dark cavernous space, engendering a strange sensation of floating queasiness and calm at the same time. My least favourite - last year’s winning entry of randomness painted over with insipid geometrical shapes. Even “Lights going on and off” had more to say.

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