Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize 2017


Accepting her prize, Himid began by thanking the people of Hull, saying: "First of all to the people who stopped me to wish well".

The Preston, England-based artist was awarded the 25,000-pound ($34,000) prize at a ceremony in the English city of Hull.

Lubaina Himid, a key figure of the Black Arts Movement, was named as the victor of this year's Turner Prize for art on Tuesday evening at a ceremony in the northern English city of Hull. The shortlisted artists for 2017 were: Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi.

Nashashibi, 43, had two films on show in Hull.

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The Turner Prize award money is 40,000 pounds ($54,000), with 25,000 pounds going to the victor and 5,000 pounds each for the other short-listed artists.

The jury applauded the four nominated artists for their socially engaged and visually imaginative work.

Alongside Mr. Farquharson, the members of this year's jury were Dan Fox, writer and co-editor of Frieze; Martin Herbert, art critic; Mason Leaver-Yap, associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin; and Emily Pethick, director of the Showroom gallery in London.

The Turner Prize exhibition is on display until January 7, 2018.

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"I still think that Lubaina winning is still very clearly not about the Turner Prize becoming a lifetime achievement award". The shortlisted artists have together produced a show that offers powerful commentary on current issues, and it is brilliant to have someone whose own work has continually reflected what is going on around him presenting the award.

Tuesday night was a historical moment for the world of contemporary art. While best known as a filmmaker, she's also known as painter, her most popular piece being 2015's "Electrical Gaza".

Lubaina Himid has won the Turner Prize for what judges describe as her "expansive and exuberant approach to painting, which combines satire and a sense of theatre".

Since the 1980s, Himid has focused on a range of subjects related to race, from matters of the African diaspora to the visibility of black artists in museums.

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For her solo exhibition On This Island at The University Art Galleries at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts in California, and her participation in Documenta 14.