Turner Prize Awarded to Helen Marten

Turner Prize Awarded to Helen Marten.

Abstract art has, most of the time, made me look like a fool, but wait till you see Marten’s works. Helen Elizabeth Marten is an English artist based in London who works in sculpture, video, and installation art. She studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at the University of Oxford, and Central Saint Martins. Her work has been included in the 56th Venice Biennale and the 20th Biennale of Sydney, and she has won the the Prix Lafayette in 2011, the 2012 LUMA Award, the inaugural Hepworth Prize this year, and now the Turner Prize.

The Turner Prize was set up in 1984 and has become one of the best-known visual arts prizes. Each year, four artists are shortlisted, and the prize awarded for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation in the preceding year. The prize was named after the nineteenth-century artist J.M.W. Turner, who had been innovative and controversial in his own day, but also gone on to be seen as one of the greatest British artists. Turner had also wanted to establish a prize for young artists himself.

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