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Anish Kapoor, who won the prize in 1991, said in an interview that he welcomed the political turn of the Turner Prize in the context of an art world “obsessed with money”.

“I dare to think of it as an anti-capitalist movement in miniature,” Kapoor said, adding that all the candidates were “very clear that theirs is a social program, that art can bring profound and real psychic change. “.

Such arguments ring hollow for longtime critics of the Turner Prize. Michael Sandle, a self-proclaimed ‘radical traditionalist’ who has never been nominated for the award, said: ‘It’s great to have these opinions, which are probably genuine, but where is the bloody art?

“This is what I want to see, expressed forcefully through an artist,” he said: the organizers of the award should stop trying to “catch the trendy bandwagon”.

But working together is not a break with the past, said Iwona Blazwick, artistic director of the Whitechapel Gallery, a London museum. “A hundred years ago the avant-garde was defined by groups,” she said. “The jury was absolutely right to recognize that this is a very powerful artistic impulse. This does not mean that we will never see a prize for the painting or a single practitioner.

However, even some of the nominated artists criticized the Tate for trying to bolster its credibility by embracing social justice trends. Just days after BOSS’s nomination was announced in May, the group posted an Instagram post accusing arts institutions of “exploitative practices in the culture of prices.” The statement added that, for the organizers of the prize, “black, brown, working class, disabled and gay bodies are desirable, quickly dispensable, but never taken care of in a sustainable way.”

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