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Turner Prize: Art is beautiful again

December 14, 2009

by Alastair Sooke
from Telegraph

Do you remember the days when the Turner Prize ignited a firestorm of controversy? When the fag butts, empty vodka bottles and used condoms that surrounded Tracey Emin’s notoriously unmade bed had the nation up in arms – even though it didn’t win?

Well, not any more. This week, the artist Richard Wright won the £25,000 cheque that accompanies Britain’s most prestigious annual art prize. His contribution to this year’s exhibition? An incredibly intricate painting in gold leaf that covers an entire wall of a gallery inside Tate Britain like a bolt of the finest damask wallpaper. A glorious, eminently civilised work, it looks gossamer-delicate, as though it has been woven out of sunbeams. more

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