Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize


Alongside her artistic practice Himid has curated exhibitions to showcase underrepresented Black artists.

Turner Prize 2017 is co-curated by critic, educator and curator and Chair of New Contemporaries, Sasha Craddock, and curatorial fellow at Newcastle University and writer, George Vasey, with support from Linsey Young, curator, Contemporary British Art, Tate.

THE TURNER Prize 2017 has been awarded to Lubaina Himid, it was announced yesterday evening at a ceremony in Hull Minster, in partnership with Tate and Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Leave us your comments, read a book on Lubaina Himid's work, or create a drawing to take away.

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And what's more, unlike the other three artists on this year's shortlist, Himid doesn't work and live in London, or any other European capital.

All of this - and much else besides - makes her newsworthy. The exhibition opens with Himid's monumental Freedom and Change, 1984, which appropriates and transforms the female figures from Picasso's Two Women Running on the Beach (The Race), 1922, into black women, powerfully and humorously subverting one of the most canonical paintings in Western art history.

Lubaina Himid, a 63-year-old artist whose creations include dinner plates painted with vomiting aristocrats, became the oldest person ever to win Britain's most prestigious art award - the Turner Prize - on Thursday.

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"It reflects well on the motivation for lifting it which is an increasing sense that the work of older artists has been making considerable impact on what we're looking at and how we're thinking about art today", Farquharson said. It features a number of cut-out characters, including a flirting Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. She noted that curators and fellow artists did not overlook her work, but she was never in the press. In all probability, she herself will now make the front page of the paper.

Speaking about the age limit being increased before the victor was announced Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain and chairman of the jury, said: "The Turner Prize has always championed emerging artists - it has never been a prize for long service but for a memorable presentation of work in that year". He felt those artists" contributions had not been "recognized as a key aspect of the story of art at the time. According to the BBC, the artist began to be known in the 80s as part of the "black" movement. By awarding this year's prize to Himid, the jury seems to be retroactively recognizing its importance.

African-born, Lancashire-based Himid was praise by judges for her "uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today".

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