Mark Leckey Wins Turner Prize

leckey.jpgWhat with the excitement, frantic shopping, and abundance of pie that comes with Thanksgiving and Art Basel Miami, you may have missed the news that the 2008 Turner Prize was awarded to British artist Mark Leckey (pictured at right). As we predicted back in October, Leckey triumphed over the other three nominees—Runa Islam, Goshka Macuga, and Cathy Wilkes—to take home the £25,000 contemporary art prize, which was presented this year by Nick Cave in a ceremony held at Tate Britain. (Although according to Leckey’s MySpace page, he’d have preferred to accept it from Little Richard, who he lists first among “Who I’d like to meet.”)

Leckey’s work, which includes everything from sculpture to performances in which he narrates his fascinating mash-ups of YouTube video clips (with a beer in hand), was lauded for its “intelligent, energetic, and seductive nature” by the 2008 Turner Prize jury: architect David Adjaye, Daniel Birmbaum (director of Frankfurt’s Staatliche Hochshule fur Bildende Kunste), Suzanne Cotter (deputy director and senior curator of Modern Art Oxford), Frieze editor Jennifer Higgie, and Stephen Deuchar, the director of Tate Britain and jury chairperson. The work of all four Turner Prize nominees is on view at Tate Britain through January 18.