Leading black artists nominated for Turner Prize

Artist Lubaina Himid

They are Andrea Büttner, Rosalind Nashashibi, Hurvin Anderson, and Lubaina Himid.

For the first time ever, Britain's Turner Prize shortlist is comprised of artists all over the age of 40, reports the BBC.

The victor - who will receive a £25,000 prize - will be announced at a ceremony aired live on the Turner Prize's broadcast partner the BBC on December 5.

Anderson, who was born in Birmingham and now lives and works in London, is known for his vibrant still-life and landscape paintings with an overarching theme of community.

She is not the only seasoned artist on the list. The centrepiece of the Nottingham exhibition was a painting titled Is It Okay To Be Black? - a half-remembered view of a barber shop's wall featuring Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

Tanazian artist Lubaina Himi, 62, was the oldest to make the shortlist after the rules of the Turner Prize were altered this year to lift a ban on artists over 50. Identity politics, poverty and colonialism are among the subjects explored by the artists.

Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain and chairman of the Turner Prize jury said the prize had always championed "emerging artists" no matter their age.

Himid celebrates black creativity and the African diaspora with her work, which includes paintings, prints, drawings and installations.

Nashashibi is a film artist and painter, whilst Buttner works in a range of styles including painting and woodcuts. The GSA has supplied no fewer than four prize winners since 2005, and many more graduates have been shortlisted for the frequently controversial competition over the years. The Bristol show centred on larger-than-life cut-outs of 100 colourful figures - 17th Century African slave servants brought to Europe.

Electrical Gaza formed part of a solo exhibition in Irvine, California previous year for which Nashibibi has been nominated (along with her contribution to the Documenta 14 exhibition in Athens). She adds that "he's also talked about his work as a fascination with painting, and painting as being a constant battle, which you can see in the way that he is working with painting as a practice and thinking through these questions of cultural identity and locatedness".

Fourteen years after she won the £24,000 Beck's Futures Prize, film artist and painter Nashashibi is nominated for the Turner.

She's also nominated for her contribution to the Documenta 14 exhibition in Athens, including a film about mother-and-daughter artists in self-imposed exile in Guatemala. He draws upon his Jamaican heritage and references the visibility of the black community, with work such as Is It Okay To Be Black?

In the meantime works by the four artists will go on display at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull - current UK City of Culture - from September.

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