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Monday, 7 December 2009

Richard Wright Wins Turner Prize 2009

Wright Stuff Leaves Me Cold
Has contemporary Art Reached The Vanishing Point ? In 1975 Tom Wolfe wrote those very thoughts in an article called The Painted Word.

The 2009 Turner Prize has gone to Richard Wright an artist who was my third choice this year. In the Tate's words Wright created," subtle and exquisite wall paintings that respond directly to the architecture in which they are created. Often awkwardly placed in discreet locations, they combine graphic imagery and intricate patterning from sources as varied as medieval painting, graphics and typography".I don't hate his work but it is unlikely that It will remain memorable in years to come. He looks a nice chap though! Please let me know your feelings on the subject. I am gutted that Roger Hiorns didn't win for his amazing entry this year and can only hope that he is nominated again in the future.The Tate described his work as, " An arresting sculpture and installation combining unusual materials. His exploration of chemical processes took spectacular effect in Seizure, in which a derelict flat in South London was filled with liquid copper sulphate, which after a period of time encrusted every surface of the space with blue crystals"If this year was about pushing the boundaries which it surely wasn't then Hiorns should have won for creating something that was out of step. Seizure was a cut above and stunningly beautiful. Perhaps his age had something to do with the final judgment. I think the award is ageist anyway.I would have nominated Gerry Judah for his paintings of aerial bombardments inspired by Iraq. They speak to me politically and visually. Problem is he is over 50 but why should that matter,both Malcolm Morley and Howard Hodgkin got the prize before they changed the goalposts!.There is always next year to look forward to..... ArtBitch 2009 Read More On:

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