Thursday, 7 December 2006

Geometric abstraction wins the Turner Prize

The first interview with Turner Prize winner Tomma Abts, from yesterday's Guardian.

Interview with Abts - Guardian website

In the Times, previous Turner winner Grayson Perry describes Abts' win as 'blissfully low-key' and a sign that the Prize is maturing.

Grayson Perry's column - Times Online website

And casting back a few months - Lynn Barber's startlingly blunt column about her experiences as a Turner Prize judge.

Lynn Barber column - Guardian website

Of course, the New Zealand equivalent of the Turner is the Walters Prize, administered by the Auckland Art Gallery. Sadly, no-one's gone public with shock-horror stories about the selection of the winner here. This year's winner was Francis Upritchard, selected from the line up of Peter Robinson, Phil Dadson, Stella Brennan and Upritchard by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.

Walters Prize - Auckland Art Gallery website

As a sidelong observation: a Google NZ search for 'walters prize' doesn't generate any Google ads.

'Walters Prize' search - Google

Image: Tomma Abts, Ebe, 2005. Acrylic & oil on canvas. 48cm x 38cm. From Abts' profile on the Tate website. Abt profile - Tate website

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