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LONDON (AP) - A performance artist who has staged works about the Incredible Hulk and Jabba the Hutt is among four finalists announced Tuesday for Britain’s most influential and most-mocked art award, the Turner Prize
Spartacus Chetwynd, who uses elaborate handmade props and costumes for carnivalesque performances inspired by everyone from superheroes to Michael Jackson, is a contender for the 25,000-pound ($40,000) prize, awarded annually to a British artist under 50.
The 38-year-old Chetwynd _ who changed her name from Lali to Spartacus in 2007 and lives in a London nudist colony _ stages her performances with a group of friends and family. Her works include a reenactment of Jackson’s “Thriller” and “An Evening With Jabba The Hutt 2003,” in which she recast the “Star Wars” villain as a smooth ladies’ man.
In the election-themed interactive piece, “Odd Man Out” _ her nominated work _ she asked participants to cast votes; if their choice was judged lacking, they were cast down an inflatable slide to a space littered with charred limbs.
The other finalists are film and video artists Luke Fowler and Elizabeth Price, and Paul Noble, who produces minutely detailed drawings of a dystopian imaginary city named Nobson Newtown populated by human excrement. The judging panel said Noble’s work was an “utterly compelling ongoing narrative” about a “dysfunctional” world.
“None of these works are something that you can get in a few minutes,” said Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis, who is chairing the jury. “You have to spend an hour or two to get it, whether it’s film, drawing or performance.”
The Turner Prize, named after 19th-century landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, was established in 1984 to honor younger British artists.
The prize often sparks lively debate about the value of modern art. Past winners include transvestite potter Grayson Perry, dung-daubing painter Chris Ofili and shark pickler Damien Hirst.
An exhibition of work by the finalists opens at London’s Tate Britain gallery in October. The winner will be announced Dec. 3.
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