Turner Prize shortlist unveiled

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  • Turner Prize shortlist includes Homer Simpson and naked woman on loo

    This year’s Turner Prize shortlist has been announced and the controversial art show has delivered yet another quirky line-up.

    A naked shop dummy sitting on the loo, a woman smashing china, a collection of dirty cereal bowls and a video featuring Homer Simpson have all made the cut.

    The nominated artists vying for the prestigious award, bestowed on an artist under 50, born or based in Britain are Cathy Wilkes, Goshka Macuga, Mark Leckey and Runa Islam.

    For the first time in a decade, three of the four nominated artists competing for the £25,000 prize are women.

    Known for its history of controversy, the art prize has produced unusual and shocking past exhibits including Martin Reed’s empty room with the lights switching on and off, Damien Hirst’s cow and calf cut in half and preserved in formaldehyde and Chris Ofili’s elephant dung canvasses.

    The 2008 Turner Prize nominations include Runa Islam’s ‘Be The First To see What You see As You see It’, footage of a smartly-dressed woman throwing pieces of crockery to the floor.

    Fellow nominee Cathy Wilkes has exhibited a sculpture made from household items, which depicts a supermarket checkout scattered with empty breakfast bowls, next to a mannequin sitting on the loo.

    The only man to be nominated, Mark Leckey, has put forward a film featuring Homer Simpson.

    The winner of the Turner Prize will be announced live on Channel 4 on 1 December and the exhibition at Tate Britain opens from tomorrow and runs until 18 January.

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