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THE UK's most prestigious - and controversial - annual modern art award has launched amid protests by photographers and artists alike.
SHE has exhibited her work in locations as diverse as supermarkets, cemeteries, and stairwells. But now, a Scottish artist is preparing for the grandest stage of them all after being nominated for this year's Turner Prize. Susan Philipsz, 44, originally from Glasgow, is one of four nominees for the esteemed contemporary arts award.
HE IS an artist whose oeuvre thrives on impermanence and who wants none of his work to survive his death.
IT IS lunchtime at Glasgow's CCA and, while the café is busy, the galleries are in darkness. The installation team is hard at work putting together a new group exhibition, Votive, which will open in a couple of days. From the gloom, the artist Richard Wright emerges blinking into the light.
FOR decades, The Scotsman steps, built in 1899 with ornate Victorian decor and linking the heights of North Bridge with Waverley Station below, have defied efforts to keep them clean and clear of vandals and litter.
THEY'VE had their noses pulled off, been daubed with graffiti, and one was even lassoed and dragged away by the neck.
THIS year's Turner shortlist was said by jurors to have been whittled down from a longlist of 19.
BOOKMAKERS' favourite Mark Leckey won the Turner Prize last night, beating three other artists to claim one of the art world's most prestigious and contentious awards.
THE winner of this year's Turner Prize, which includes a mannequin perched on the loo and Homer Simpson among the shortlisted artists' works, was being announced today.
WHOEVER wins the Turner Prize tomorrow, what is clear is that the contenders are culturally worlds apart from their predecessors, writes Moira Jeffrey
TURNER PRIZE 2008
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SIT on a chair and hear muttering voices through giant ear trumpets. Step into a small room and watch the sounds and motions of The Killing Machine, where robotic arms simulate an execution by lethal injection on an empty chair, in an horrifically beautiful work of art.
A FEMALE shop mannequin perched on a toilet helped Glasgow contemporary artist Cathy Wilkes on to the shortlist for the Turner Prize yesterday.
IT is a work that sparked huge controversy and made artist Tracey Emin a household name.
TURNER PRIZE: A RETROSPECTIVE ***
THE country's new head of modern art yesterday came to the defence of Nathan Coley, the Scottish Turner Prize runner-up whose work has been panned by the critics.
A RECONSTRUCTION of a one-man anti-war protest won the Turner Prize last night.