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10 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 5, 1999

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'Britpack' artists create new,'
more offensive Tate exhibit

The Washington Post 0
In the interest of international
amity, it might be best if Rudolph
Giuliani were to stay away from
London's Tate Gallery for the next
few months.
The proudly avant-garde Tate has
just opened a new exhibit featuring
further work by the "Britpack" -
the community of young British
artists whose recent show at the
Brooklyn Museum of Art sparked a
noisy confrontation between the
New York City mayor and the arts
community.
The Tate's current show is weirder,
and arguably more offensive, than
"Sensation." the collection that
prompted Giuliani's attack.
One of the artists in the Tate
exhibit, Steven Pippin, has con-
tributed a blurry series of photos
taken from inside washing machines.
Another, Tracey Emin, has put
together a display that features her
bloodstained underwear and a home
movie about her abortion.
In the film, Emin complains about
a doctor who urged her to keep the
baby. ,
"He must be a Christian or some-
thing," she groans.
The new Tate exhibit features
work from Pippin, Emin and two

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other finalists for the 1999 Turner
Prize, probably the most prestigious1
award anywhere for young artists. Ass
this year's nominees indicate, the
Turner judges in recent years have
turned sharply away from traditionali
painting and sculpture to choose
works that can be called either
"imaginative" (that's the judges't
term) or "shock commercialization"E
(as Giuliani sees it).
Last year the Turner winner wasl
Chris Ofili, a London painter who
decorates much of his work with ele-1
phant dung.
Ofili's dunged portrait of the
Virgin Mary has been the most con-t
troversial single piece in the
"Sensation" exhibit.'
Another recent Turner laureate,1
Damien Hirst, also had a piece in
"Sensation" that Giuliani disliked: Ai
dead cow floating in formaldehyde.
The four artists who have been
"short-listed" - that is, named as
finalists - for this year's Turner all
come from the same "Britpack" set
as Hirst and Ofili.
But this year's short list has
sparked much greater controversy
here than Ofili's dung art did a year
ago.
That's mainly due to the center-
piece of the Turner Prize show,
Emin's "My Bed."
This work of art is an unmade bed,
encircled by clutter: pillows, panty-
hose, pregnancy tests, condoms,
vodka bottles, bloody toilet paper,
stained panties, overflowing ash-
trays, etc.
On the surrounding wall, the 35-
year-old Emin has framed news clip-
pings about herself and taped up
some of her drawings, including a
sketch of the Statue of Liberty with
bare breasts.
Erin's entry also includes a set of
hazy amateur videos in which she
relates the details of her abortion and .
other aspects of her life as the noto-
rious "bad girl" of the London art
scene.
Tate Gallery curator Simon Wilson
describes "My Bed" as "an object
with powerful metaphorical reso-
nance."
The London critics have been less
impressed.
"Tracey, you just go on and on,'
wrote Adrian Searle in the Guardian.

"You 're only a bore. Your art has
become so closed and predictable
so mawkish. so clovinc
i as many critics sucest mm s
bed is m;nly desiined to be shock-
inc, the artist hersel 1f ot a shock list
weckend when two other self-styled
"contemporary artists' leaped onio
the exhibit and held a pillow fit
Onlookers seemed to enjoy thi
emlndation of Emin's work, aniJ
boOed when the pair was haulid
away by security guards. Emin spent
fixe hours restoring "My Bed" to ,i
originai dishev eled state.
THe art world here seems more
taken with the entry by Steve
McQueen. a 29-vcatr-old British
filmmaker now Iivinc in Amsterdam.
His Turner submiission centers on
short silent films. One shows a rec-
to-reel tape recorder spinning.
Another shows McQueen himself
standing perfectly still while the wail
of a barn falls. A third shows
stream that appears to have a bicvc
in it.
There's more action -- well,
slightly more action -- in the films
of Jane and Louise Wilson, 32-vear-
old twins from Newcastle. Their
Turner entry comprises films and
large photographs of empty spaces in
and around Las Vegas - the casino
at Caesars Palace in the predawn
hours and some corridors inside
Boulder Dam.
And then there's Steven Pippin, lT
39 the old man on this year's short
list.
He put cameras inside 12 washing
machines at a New Jersey laundro-
mat. He passed in front of the
machines, first wearing a pair -of
white underpants and then riding a
horse.
The resulting photos, titled
"Laundromat-Locomotion re
entry in the Turner competition. He
is generally considered the least like-
ly to win this year
The Turner Prize will be awarded
to one of the four entries on Nov. 30.
The prize itself pays S32,000, but its
value is far greater. Winning tlhe
famous prize makes any artist a mar-
ketable commodity in the intensely.
fashion-conscious art world.
The 1999 Turner Prize entries ,
be viewed on the World Wide Web
wiiw. flewsuhLnl) itel.to.-uk/turner.

The University Activities Center's
RUDE MECHANICALS present
Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare

The University Activities Center's Rude Mechanicals present
William Shakespeare's
Much Ado About Nothing
on November 5th and 6th at 8pm,
and November 7th at 2pm in the
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
Tickets are $8/$6 for students, and are available at the
Michigan Union Ticket Office (763-TKTS).

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