Elizabeth Price wins UK's Turner Prize for arts

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm •  Published: December 3, 2012
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LONDON (AP) — Video artist Elizabeth Price, who uses collage and clutter to explore people's relationship to consumer culture, was named the winner of British art's much-coveted — and much-mocked — Turner Prize on Monday.

Price, a London-based musician and co-founder of 1980s indie-pop group Talulah Gosh, beat three other finalists to snag the 25,000 pound ($40,000) prize, which is awarded annually to a British artist under 50.

She was presented with the award by actor Jude Law at a ceremony at London's Tate Britain gallery.

The judges praised Price's "seductive and immersive" video installations, which combine moving images, text and music.

One piece, "The Woolworths Choir of 1979," hauntingly juxtaposes news footage of a deadly department store blaze with clips of church architecture and musical girl groups. Another work, "West Hinder," was inspired by a ship that sank in 2002 with its cargo of luxury cars.

Price began making films only a few years ago, but the prize judges said she had created a "powerful body of work over the last three years."

In accepting the prize, Price said her career would be "unimaginable" without public support for the arts and hailed the other shortlisted artists, saying they had shared "respect, camaraderie and a sense of the absurd."

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