Monday, 16 February 2009

Harris for the Turner Prize!

Labour MP Tom Harris has suggested that people nominate his blog as a contender for the Turner Prize.

For those of you who are blissfully unaware of what the Turner Prize is, their website describes it as:

"The Turner Prize is a contemporary art award that was set up in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art.
The prize is awarded each year to 'a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding'."

Personally, I would describe it as a collective of Guardian reading, Tofu loving pseuds who indulge themselves in an 'emperors new clothes' type of artistic bunfight every twelve months, and award a sickening amount of money to some arty type who cobbled together an 'installation' out of a couple of bricks and a coathanger. If you don't get their thinking, then you simply don't understand art dahhling.

Yup, it really is the art equivalent of a train wreck. There have been some utterly crap winners and nominees for this over the years. Look some of them up for yourself and you'll see what I mean, unless of course you are fully supportive of this type of thing, in which case you may have just spluttered some organic yoghurt over your monitor in synthetic outrage (dislodging your designer specs, which you don't really need at the same time) at the opinions I expressed above.

Anyhoo, I digress. Tom thinks it would strike a blow for us ordinary types if as many people as possible nominated his blog for the prize. I fully agree with him and am happy to support his nomination. You can find his blog post on the subject here.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,
Whatever the Turner Prize may or not be, it has clearly demonstrated to be and endless source for humour, which this writer has wish deminish, however, after we've had our fill of chuckles there is, may I suggest, a very serious question to ask, and it's this; "HAS THE ART WORD BEEN TURNER PRIZED TO DEATH?"
This writer attempts to answer this question in;http://turnerprizeflushed.blogspot.com

Jeremy Smyles said...

Dear Sir,
Whatever the Turner Prize may or may not be it is an endless source for humour, which this writer does NOT wish to diminish, however, when we've had our fill of chuckles there is , may I suggest, a serious question to ask, and it's this; "HAS THE ART WORD BEEN TURNER PRIZED TO DEATH?"
This writer attempts to answer this question in; http://turnerprizeflushed.blogspot.com

Jim said...

Jeremy,

Thanks for stopping by, I had a look at your blog, it's very interesting.

Best

Jim