This morning the Agence France-Presse
announced the shortlist for this year's Turner Prize, the top award in contemporary British art (given out to any artist under 50 born or working in Britain), which comes with a £25,000 purse (each nominee gets £5,000 for their troubles). The four eligible artists are: Dexter Dalwood, a post-Pop painter who portrays sites where people have died (including the Charles Manson murders and where Kurt Cobain committed suicide); public sound installation artist Susan Philipsz
; Angela de la Cruz, who smashes, folds and scrunches her own canvases into sculpture-like forms (work pictured); and Otolith Group
, a duo consisting of Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun best known for photography and documentary video art.
The shortlist for this year's Turner is populated, quite typically, by conceptual artists—last year, gold leaf muralist Richard Wright took the prize. The winner will be announced on December 8, and all four artists will be featured in a show opening October 4 at the Tate Britain. (ArtForum)