Yes, It's the Best of British Art ; Exhibition
Lewis, Ben, The Evening Standard (London, England)
TURNER PRIZE 2009 Tate Britain, SW1 THIS is simply the best Turner Prize in living memory. The diverse exhibition segues from the sensual abstractions of 34-year-old Scottish artist Lucy Skaer to the deluxe wallpaper landscapes of Glaswegian veteran Richard Wright, to the surrealist cabaret of Italian-born Londoner Enrico David, and finally, the haunting symbolism of materials in the work of the young odds-on favourite Roger Hiorns.
All the artists have been critically acclaimed in Britain and across Europe. Collectively they underline how the Britart of British art has been dissolved into a new fantastic internationalism, yet perhaps distinguished by its paradoxes of eccentricity, informality and precision.
Lucy Skaer softens the rigorous forms of Pop Art and Minimalism with natural history. There's a black abstract painting in which you can eventually see the skeleton of a whale, while next door she has dramatically placed a giant whale's skull, which can only be mysteriously glimpsed through slits in partitions.
Enrico David is a Retro-Modernist fogey, one of a number artists engaged in an idiosyncratic revisiting of early 20th-century art.
On a black podium he seems to assemble a cast of characters from a long-forgotten Surrealist performance in Berlin circa 1929. Egg- like forms with human faces sit on sledge-runners, knees bent. There's an angry woman in a basket drawn in homage to the erotic Art Nouveau illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, and an elongated soft-toy of a human figure that recalls the reclining nudes of Picasso in the Thirties.
The impenetrable imagery feels …
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