Turner Prize to Price, Herzog Garners Times Prize


Across the pond, video artist Elizabeth Price has received the ¬£25,000 Turner Prize for her video installation, “The Woolworths Choir of 1979, 2012.”

Elizabeth Price

According to the BBC, “Yorkshire-born Price uses archival images, text and music to create works exploring the human relationship to objects and consumer culture.”

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The other nominees were performance artist Spartacus Chetwynd, video artist Luke Fowler and Paul Noble, a visual artist.

During her acceptance speech Price praised her comprehensive school education, saying her career would be “unimaginable” without public support for the arts.

On this side of the Atlantic, The New York Times has announced that Amy Herzog has won its annual Outstanding Playwright Award for her play, “After the Revolution.”

Amy Herzog

“We were struck by Amy Herzog’s mastery of every element of good drama,” said Sylviane Gold, selection committee chair. ” ‘After the Revolution’ has vivid dialogue, nuanced characters and an engrossing plot.”

In addition to Ms. Gold, the members of this year’s selection committee were Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Edward Albee, James Lapine and Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer finalist Richard Greenberg, New York Times theater and books editor Scott Heller and former New York Times arts reporter Andrea Stevens.

In London, Price received her prize from actor Jude Law. He took the occasion to publicly attack the British government’s proposed English Baccalaureate (EBacc) for a lack of arts provision. Law said he fears “fewer and fewer schools will provide learning opportunities in the arts, thanks to an act of government cultural vandalism. We are blunting our leading edge in the arts.”

The EBacc represents the biggest shakeup of the exam system for English secondary schools in a generation, according to The Guardian. Education experts have raised concerns that less academically gifted pupils could be left behind by the new EBacc.