May 16, 2006

Dust sculptor makes Turner Prize shortlist

LONDON (Reuters) - A video artist best known for filming a
dance marathon in Ramallah and a sculptor who offers works
comprising twigs, dust and fluff are among the Turner Prize
contenders this year.

The shortlist for the 25,000 pound art prize was announced
on Tuesday. The contending works will be exhibited at Tate
Britain from October with the winner to be announced on
December 4.

The judges, whose choices for the Turner Prize often
provoke howls of rage from the wider art world, remained true
to controversial form this year.

Phil Collins is best-known for filming a disco dance
marathon in the administrative capital of the Palestinian
territories entitled "They Shoot Horses."

Among painter Mark Titchner's works are "Be Angry But Don't
Stop Breathing" while the twigs are offered by Rebecca Warren.

The shortlist was completed by German-born painter Tomma

In 2001, conceptual artist Martin Creed's prize-winning
entry was a bare room with a light that switched on and off.

In 1998, Chris Ofili won with a Virgin Mary figure made of
elephant dung. In 1995, Damien Hirst was the victor with a
pickled sheep.

Artist Tony Kaye once tried to submit a homeless
steelworker as his entry.