The Turner Prize shortlist has been announced and
we'll be joined live by Christoph Grunenberg, the director of Tate Liverpool, which will host the Prize this year. He also chaired the jury which came up with shortlist.
Among them, someone who featured on PM in January, Mark Wallinger..."for his solo exhibition State Britain at Tate Britain. Mark Wallinger's powerful installation demonstrates art's unique ability to engage with contemporary political issues. The direct representation of Brian Haw's banners and paraphernalia creates a force and conviction unmatched by the representation of the Parliament Square protest in the media. The work evokes a heightened sense of reality that communicates an unpalatable political truth."
Mark Wallinger State Britain, 2007 Installation view at Tate Britain © Mark Wallinger Photocredit: Sam Drake, Tate Photography
Then there's Mike Nelson: "For his solo exhibitions AMNESIAN SHRINE or Double coop displacement, Matt's Gallery, London and Mirror Infill (2006), Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London in which his immersive installations transport the viewer to imaginary, yet plausible worlds. For the Frieze Art Fair he created an installation of a photographic studio that brought the site of creativity to the heart of the commercial environment in which it was embedded."
Mike Nelson Mirror Infill, 2006 Commissioned and produced by Frieze Projects © Mike Nelson Courtesy the artist and Matt's Gallery, London.
Howsabout Nathan Coley "For his solo exhibition at Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, the public installation Camouflage Church, Santiago de Compostela, Spain and his contribution to the group exhibition Breaking Step - Displacement, Compassion and Humour in Recent British Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia. Through a variety of media, Nathan Coley's work makes manifest the belief systems embedded in society and its architectures."
Nathan Coley There Will Be No Miracles Here, 2006 © Nathan Coley Courtesy doggerfisher and Haunch of Venison.
And then there's Zarina Bhimji "for her solo exhibitions at Haunch of Venison, London and Zurich, with work engaging with universal human emotions such as grief, pleasure, love and betrayal using non-narrative photography and film-making. Through powerful, atmospheric and poignant imagery, Bhimji's recent work demonstrates a new approach to her long-standing preoccupations and research. "
Zarina Bhimji Your Sadness is Drunk, 2001-2006 © Zarina Bhimji. DACS, London 2007 Courtesy Haunch of Venison.