Four short-listed for Turner Prize

LIVERPOOL, England, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The works of four visual artists short-listed for the prestigious Turner Prize are on display at Tate Liverpool, The Telegraph said Friday.

Competing for the $51,000 accolade are Mark Wallinger, Zarina Bhimji, Nathan Coley and Mike Nelson.


Traditionally shown at Tate Britain, the Turner Prize exhibition is being staged in Liverpool for the first time, as the city celebrates being European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Wallinger is the favorite to win, The Telegraph said.

His entry is a 154-minute video called "Sleeper," which features him dressed in a bear suit wandering around Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie.

Simon Groom, co-curator of the exhibition, praised the video.

"I am sure that Michelangelo would love it and say that it was a work of genius," said Groom.

Coley's entry includes an oak plank placed as a threshold in the doorway to his room of photographs and installations.

The gallery has ordered guards to warn visitors not to trip over it.

Asked if he thought the plank was art, guard Gary Hartley replied: "No, I think it's a health and safety hazard. Quite a lot of people have tripped on it and it's going to be kicked to bits in three months."


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