TURNER PRIZE 2017

Lubaina Himid’s win makes history

Culture Desk | Published: 22:52, Dec 06,2017

 
 

Himid’s 1987 work A Fashionable Marriage was inspired by William Hogarth. — David Levene

Lubaina Himid has become the oldest winner of the Turner Prize, and the first black woman to pick up the art award.
The 63-year-old Zanzibar-born, Preston-based artist won the £25,000 prize for work addressing racial politics and the legacy of slavery, reports BBC. The judges praised her ‘uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today’.
She was named the winner at a ceremony in Hull, currently UK City of Culture.
Himid made her name in the 1980s as one of the leaders of the British black arts movement - both painting and curating exhibitions of similarly overlooked artists.
Her section of the Turner Prize exhibition in Hull contains work from the 1980s to today, including wooden figures, pottery and newspapers that she has painted on.
The centrepiece is 1987’s A Fashionable Marriage, based on William Hogarth’s Marriage a la Mode, which features a cast of cut-out characters including a flirting Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

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