The Turner prize has been won by a painter this year, and if that wasn’t shocking enough, it was won by a woman artist!
The Turner Prize 2006 has been awarded to Tomma Abts, it was announced at Tate Britain this evening. The £25,000 prize, sponsored by the makers of Gordon’s gin, was presented by Yoko Ono. With Gordon’s support this year’s prize fund is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The event was broadcast live on Channel 4 News.
I predicted that Rebecca Warren would win the Turner Prize for 2006, but it just goes to show that I am neither psychic nor a good guesser! Tate gallery has a profile, video interview, and painting demonstration by the German born painter up on their website here.
Judges said that Abts created “compelling images that reveal their complexity slowly over time”.
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