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Saturday, December 09, 2006


Turner Prize Driven To Abstraction

The Turner Prize -- given annually to a British visual artist -- was awarded last week to Tomma Abts, for her abstract work "Teete 2003" (pictured, at left). German-born Abts was a popular choice, and far less controversial than other recent winners:
She was the first painter to win since Chris Ofili, renowned for adding elephant dung to his canvases, in 1998. In an annual tournament that has been dominated for years by "concepts" and "ideas" rather than beauty, Abts, 38, says that her paintings have absolutely no meaning....many art critics have described her work as dull, confusing and with no obvious subjects. [Telegraph]
I'm no art critic, but I am distinctly underwhelmed by the choice...your thoughts?



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