December 6, 2011

Since 1984, Tate Britain, London’s venerable art institution, annually selects a British artist under the age of 50 as the recipient of its coveted Turner Prize. This year’s list of finalists included installation sculptor Karla Black, sculptor Martin Boyce, video artist Hilary Lloyd, and painter George Shaw, with the honor ultimately going to Boyce, a 43-year-old Glaswegian who creates pieces rooted in historic modernism. Boyce is not a new name by any means; the Tate already owns four of his works, and he represented Scotland at the 2009 Venice Biennale. For his Turner Prize exhibition, he created an autumn-inspired library corner, complete with a litter bin and haunting fluorescent lighting.

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