A Turner Prize Snooze

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Regular readers of these pages know that I recently wrote a post about the wonderful work of George Shaw, a contemporary British painter who had been nominated for this year’s Turner Prize in contemporary art.  Shaw’s work captures some of the forgotten corners of modern urban life, with a keen eye for detail and an evocation of a sense of stillness that drew me in from the first moment I saw it.  Unfortunately, the winner of this year’s Turner Prize was announced today, and it was not Mr. Shaw, but rather an artist who does the sort of work that looks like what it is: a pile of rubbish that a cleaning lady would be forgiven for throwing out when tidying up after the gallery has closed for the day.  In other words, it can be summed up as Tracey Emin 2.0.

The work in question could easily…

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