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Turner Prize goes to video artist

The Turner Prize, the U.K.’s top visual-arts award, yesterday went to Elizabeth Price, whose films splice together footage of such unrelated topics as 1960s girl bands and a fire in a stockroom.

Price, the surprise winner, defeated Spartacus Chetwynd, a nudist performance artist who uses puppets, costumes and props to stage playful rituals. She also beat Paul Noble, whose meticulous pencil drawings are dotted with letters of the alphabet and with excrement.

The third runner-up was video artist Luke Fowler, who, for the accompanying Tate Britain exhibition, showed a movie on the life of the late Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing.

Price collected her award from actor Jude Law in a televised ceremony. The jury said they “admired the seductive and immersive qualities of Price’s trilogy of video installations” and her merging of genres.

Bloomberg News

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