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Martin Boyce winner of Turner Prize 2011

Gateshead, 6 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The famous Turner Prize evening ceremony took place on 5 December, at the Baltic Gallery in Gateshead. The host of the ceremony, and famous photographer in vogue, Mario Testino awarded this year’s Turner Prize to sculptor Martin Boyce, along with£25,000. Since its creation in 1984, the Turner Prize has become one of the most talked about and frequently controversial prizes of the English contemporary scene – as described by its organisers. Martin Boyce, born in Glasgow in 1967, is among the generation of Scottish artists who emerged in the 90s. His modernist artworks, which cross the borders between sculpture, design and architecture, won the judges’ votes over creations by the other three finalists; Georges Shaw, Karla Black and Hilary Lloyd. Boyce’s victory made bookmakers extremely happy, as he was favourite to win this year’s prize. For the first time, the Turner Prize moved away from the capital, and took place in the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. The finalists’ works are currently being exhibited in the Baltic Center, since 28 October up until 8 January 2012, and welcomed over 28,000 visitors in just one week. The Turner Prize was founded by a group called “The Patrons of New Art”, formed in 1982 with the intention of opening the Tate Gallery’s collections to contemporary art. Organisers named the prize after Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), describing that they wanted to award “a person who, according to the jury, contributed greatly to the art in the United Kingdom in the past twelve months”. That decision seemed particularly appropriate, considering the controversial position that the British painter stood in the art scene of his time, and the position he still holds today in the history of art. Moreover, Turner had thought about creating a prize for...

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