Is the Turner Prize for the Art Elite Only?

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Is the modern art world inaccessible for most of us?

Soon, the Turner Prize winner will be announced, but what’s it all about?

The Turner Prize celebrates artists and is named after the British painter J. M. W. Turner. It singles out a handful of artists on the nominee list from which one winner is chosen. In recent years, the competition has focused mainly on contemporary art, which seems to have divided people, especially those who regard themselves as artists or art critics. Some people feel that contemporary art, like Tracey Emin’s piece “My Bed” is not art, whilst others feel that there are deeper messages conveyed behind these bizarre pieces. This year, the nominees are artists Spartacus Chetwynd, Luke Fowler, Paul Noble and Elizabeth Price.

Whilst the Turner Prize is a hugely important event for modern artists, unless you are an art appreciator and follow modern artists, it may not seem to have much significance to you. This is definitely an event designed to attract the attention of those who have an interest in art! Winning the Turner Prize can be a significant boost for the chosen artist. Most of the artists nominated for the prize selection become known to the general public for the first time as a consequence. This gains them a lot more publicity, and a larger fan base-no matter how controversial they or their work are. Also, the winning artist gains a large cash prize, and undoubtedly a lot of interest in their work following the Turner Prize.

So although the Turner Prize seems exclusive and unnecessary, for the artists themselves it can be hugely important and it doesn’t appear to be doing anything detrimental to the art world in its existence. It can also introduce people to the world of art who might not have shown an interest before.

The Turner Prize may seem daunting to the uninitiated in the art world, so if you want to learn more about the industry, a great way to become acquainted with both modern and classic art is to frequent local art galleries. There are plenty in the UK, and information for your nearest gallery can be found via Directory Lists. This UK business directory offers contact information and addresses to plenty of businesses, not just art galleries. Simply choose the art gallery that best suits your artistic interests, and make a note of their details. Get out and take in some culture today!

Kayleigh Powis

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