New Turner prize – winner

Mark Leckey

On December 1, the London museum Tate Britain launched a solemn ceremony of awarding of Turner prize. 44-year-old British artist Mark Leckey known for his video-installations became the new owner of the main award for the contribution to modern art.

Leckey was nominated for Turner’s award for two personal exhibitions in France and Germany where he presented the project Industrial Light and Magic which united video-art, sculpture and performance. Announcing the winner the jury council noted “the originality and great variety of visual forms” of his works. According to Mark Leckey the main subject of his work is the self-knowledge of a person of the 21st century which is in intensive information field”. “It is incredible! It is excellent to create something that can influence the British culture and become its part”, – the artist announced taking the award. Having won Leckey got ahead of three other nominees: sculptor Cathy Wilkes (Scotland), artist Runa Islam (Bangladesh) and Goshka Macuga (Poland) who specializes on installations. The winner of the award got a monetary prize at a rate of £25 000. There is information that many British critics are not satisfied with the jury’s decision. In their opinion, Mark Leckey’s works cannot be considered as an independent work of art as they include many adoptions of other artists.

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