Artist wins for video installation "The Woolworths Choice of 1979"
Video artist Elizabeth Price has won the prestigious 2012 Turner Prize for her video installation "The Woolworths Choice of 1979."
The announcement was made Monday at the Tate Britain in London, where actor Jude Law (right, with Price) presented the prize. Price will receive 25,000 pounds (about $40,000).
Price's winning artwork combines photos of gothic architecture, pop music performances and news footage from a fatal fire in Manchester in 1979. It was shown earlier this year at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England, where she presented a trilogy of video installations.
Price, 46, beat Paul Noble, whose pencil drawings provide a narrative for the fictional metropolis Nobson Newtown; performance artist Spartacus Chetwynd, who uses handmade costumes and sets in her work; and video artist Luke Fowler and his film about the life of Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing.
The Turner Prize is presented yearly to an artist under 50, living, working or born in Britain, for an outstanding exhibition in the previous 12 months. It has, at times, been seen as controversial, such as in 2001 when Martin Creed won for an empty room with a light that switched on and off.
Previous recipients of the Turner Prize include Damien Hirst, Steve McQueen, Anish Kapoor, Tracy Enim and sculptor Martin Boyce.
The work of the four 2012 Turner Prize finalists is on view at the Tate Britain through Jan. 6, 2013.