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Turner Prize 2016: Bare backside, model train among contenders

Named after English painter JMW Turner, the prize has previously courted controversy for its unconventional choices. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION London, United Kingdom Sep 26, 2016, 04.22 PM (IST)

The Turner Prize exhibition was unveiled today at the Tate Britain museum that presented works by four artists shortlisted for this year’s award.

A large sculpture of a bare backside and a model train were among the artworks unveiled in London.

The award will be announced on December 5. 

Named after English painter JMW Turner, the prize has previously courted controversy for its unconventional choices.

Among this year's nominees are Andrea Hamilton whose "Lichen! Libido! (London!) Chastity!" is a re-staging of an exhibition in New York. It features a massive sculpture of a bare backside.

Micheal Deen's "Sic Glyphs" is a combination of works from his nominated exhibitions at South London Gallery and de Appel, Amsterdam. 

One work has been made from 20,436 Pounds ($26,503) worth of penny coins, in a reference to the UK poverty line for a family of four.

"When Michael installs that work he takes away a penny, so the amount of money on the floor you couldn't live on," said Linsey Young, curator of contemporary art at Tate Britain.

"He really wants us to think about what it means to live in a society, what it means to have responsibility for the people you love and the people who are around you."

Also in the running is Josephine Pryde. Work from her exhibit "lapses in Thinking By the person I Am" and other creations including a model train are on display.

Helen Marten presents a series of works from nominated projects “Lunar Nibs” and “Eucalyptus Let Us In”.

Her works feature screen printing and sculptures that bring together a range of handmade and found objects, to create poetic visual puzzles.

Established in 1984, the prize is given to a British artist under the age of 50. The winner gets 25,000 Pounds.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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