Taking Names: N.Y. movie critics name ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ best film

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Ms. Price began making films only a few years ago, but the judges said she had created a “powerful body of work over the last three years.” In accepting the prize, Ms. Price said her career would be “unimaginable” without public support for the arts.

The Turner Prize, named after 19th-century landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, was established in 1984 to honor younger British artists. It often sparks debate about the value of modern art. Past winners include transvestite potter Grayson Perry, dung-daubing artist Chris Ofili and shark pickler Damien Hirst.

This year, most media attention had focused on pop-performance artist Spartacus Chetwynd, who creates carnival-style spectacles inspired by everything from Michael Jackson’s music to “Star Wars” character Jabba The Hutt, and illustrator Paul Noble, who produces drawings of a dystopian imaginary city populated by human excrement.

Compiled from wire reports.

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