Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...British artist Jeremy Deller, whose two works in the 2004–5 Carnegie International include tiny screens of historic battle re-enactments within Carnegie Museum of Art’s miniature rooms, Breaking News (Dedicated to Peter Watkins), and Bible-verse printed t-shirts and plastic bags that can be found in the museum’s gift shop, has been awarded the Turner Prize by Tate Britain.
The £25,000 ($48,634) prize has been awarded annually since 1984 to a British visual artist under 50, or an artist working in Britain, for outstanding work from the past year. Deller was selected for his work Memory Bucket, a video diary of a trip that he took across Texas in 2002. Memory Bucket was commissioned by Artpace in San Antonio, Texas, for an exhibition organized by Carnegie International curator Laura Hoptman last year.
The Turner prize was established to stimulate discussion about contemporary art and over its first 20 years has been noted as much for its controversy as for the quality of the art selected.
Along with Deller on the Turner prize shortlist is Turkish artist and London resident, Kutlug Ataman, whose work Kuba, on view in the 2004–5 Carnegie International, was awarded the 2004 Carnegie Prize. As a runner-up for the Turner, Ataman received a prize of £5,000 ($9,725).
"Jeremy Deller and Kutlug Ataman are two artists whose works take political as well as formal risks, as their contributions to this year’s Carnegie International exhibition exemplifies," says Hoptman. "That they should be recognized by such awards as the Carnegie Prize and the Turner Prize heralds a moment when ambitious, issue-oriented art is returning to the contemporary art discourse–and not a moment too soon."
The Carnegie International has been presented by Carnegie Museum of Art since 1896 and is North America’s preeminent survey of contemporary art from around the world. Laura Hoptman is the curator of the 2004–5 International.
More information about these artists is available in two books published by Artangel press and available at the museum store or online at www.cmoa.org.
Jeremy Deller, The English Civil War Part II, $35, paperback
Initiated by the artist, The Battle of Orgreave was the partial re-enactment of one of the most violent clashes between miners and police during the 1984–85 miners’ strike in the English mining town of Orgreave. The book contains personal accounts by people who were involved with the strike and the re-enactment and the text is accompanied by a variety of illustrations including photos, pamphlets, news clippings, and song texts. A CD with former miners and some of their wives is also included.
Kutlug Ataman, KUBA, $42, hardcover
Bound to resemble a photograph album, KUBA constructs, voice by voice, a communal portrait of an encampment of politically and socially disenfranchised individuals living in a shantytown on the outskirts of Istanbul, Turkey.
Major support for the 2004–5 Carnegie International has been provided by the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund and The Henry L. Hillman Fund. Additional generous gifts and grants have been provided by Friends of the Carnegie International; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley R. Gumberg; Kraus Family Foundation; National City; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Sheila and Milt Fine; and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Major gifts have also been provided by The Grable Foundation; The National Endowment for the Arts; the LLWW Foundation; the Woodmere Foundation; and The Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Inc.
Additional support has been provided by TIAA-CREF; The Broad Art Foundation; Pro Helvetia, The Arts Council of Switzerland; Hansen Foundation; The Trust for Mutual Understanding; The Japan Foundation; British Council; The MAT Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V.; American-Scandinavian Foundation; The Fine Family Foundation; The William I. Snyder and Patricia S. Snyder Foundation; Ziba and Pierre deWeck; David Teiger; Kelly Custom Furniture; Staley Communications; The Government of Flanders, Belgium; and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.