Hey so The Turner Prize is previewing today at Tate Britain.
And opens to the public tomorrow.
Either Ciara Phillips to win.
Or James Richards.
You come to James’s work first.
His film Rosebud includes censored images he found in a Tokyo library.
Apparently the institution has a law banning any image that could cause arousal.
At one point is an image of a man lying on the ground, a boot on his head, him fully clothed except for his dick out, which has been censored.
The notes say this is a censored image by Wolfgang Tillmans.
It’s super considered and involved.
Next door are his blankets depicting those around Keith Haring.
The work is called Untitled Merchandise (Lovers and Dealers).
There are six blankets.
The facile fashion side of my brain wants to say I love blankets.
Am I allowed to say it?
I LOVE BLANKETS.
He’s also showing slides from a theatrical make-up manual, titled The Slides.
OMG Ciara Phillips!!!
Her room is so amazing.
A screen titled “Springtime will never be the same again”.
The letters O and K from the Justice For Domestic Workers alphabet.
A wooden construction called O.
Inside is a list of New Things To Discuss.
OMG the screen printed wallpaper!
Out of the four artists, Ciara is the only one not to use video.
It meant that this morning, her room was refuge for all the film crews.
When I was in there, a woman from ITV kept fluffing her lines as she tried to explain screen printing.
And kept making sure she was pronouncing Ciara correctly.
(Everyone presumed it was pronounced “Cara”)
Here’s a wooden work titled K, with some of the film crews around it.
Some of the work in the K.
CIARA PHILLIPS OR JAMES RICHARDS TO WIN.
You’ll notice I’ve not even mentioned the other two.
Sat here having a cuppa, I’ve just read in the catalogue that Duncan Campbell’s film in the show includes new choreography by Michael Clark.
I didn’t watch it!!!
Shall I go back in?
I remember a couple of years ago almost ignoring Elizabeth Price’s film, that extraordinary work about the Woolworths fire in Manchester, which went on to win.
I’d been too giddy already in the Spartacus Chetwynd room (as Marvin Gaye was known then).
I need to go back and watch the Duncan Campbell, don’t I?
Hey am sure it’s a Turner Prize that’s going to be right slagged off ie it’s AMAZING.