This afternoon during a ceremony at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, Glasgow-based sculptor, installation artist and photographer Martin Boyce, 44, was awarded 2011’s edition of the UK’s top art prize, the Turner Prize. (He had been favored by art prize bookies, which exist.) As the Guardian points out, the £25,000 (approx US $39,000) prize has gone to artists either raised or educated in Glasgow three years in a row now—joining Susan Philipsz in 2010 and Richard Wright in 2009.
In another strange coincidence, Boyce and Philipsz are represented by the same gallery in New York City, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.
Sir Nicholas Serota, director of Tate but not a member on the jury that awards its Turner Prize, said of Boyce:
He has consistently reinvented the language of early modern art, and he is deeply engaged in that. But he makes work that does not depend on an understanding of early modern art: it is beautiful and arresting in its own right.
Boyce’s most recent exhibition in New York, Winter Palms, was at Tanya Bonakdar back in January. Here’s a video tour of his installation in the Turner Prize exhibition at the Baltic Centre.