Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize 2017

Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize 2017

Lubaina Himid, a 63-year-old artist whose creations include dinner plates painted with vomiting aristocrats, became the oldest person ever to win Britain's most prestigious art award - the Turner Prize - on Thursday.

Himid won the prize for three shows in Oxford, Bristol and Nottingham. She is also the first black woman to receive the award.

"They praised the artist for her uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today".

Lubaina Himid was born in 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

The DJ and musician Goldie presented this year's £25,000 award at a ceremony in Hull last night (5 December)-the first since the museum did away with the upper age limit of 50 for shortlisted artists (in place since 1991). The panel added that they "acknowledged her role as an influential curator and educator who continues to speak urgently to the moment".

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Formed as an artist in United Kingdom, Himid's work alludes in many of his pieces to slavery industry and his legacy, like those pieces of a porcelain service decorated with images of slaves. or institutional invisibility of black community, and its underrated contributions, which emphasizes in its work on pages of Guardian newspaper, where news of successful athletes is juxtaposed, police violence against African-Americans in United States or War of bands in London.

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. Her paintings, prints, drawings, and installations are now in the collections of Tate, the Whitworth Art Gallery, and the Leeds City Museum, among other institutions.

"It reflects well on the motivation for lifting it which is an increasing sense that the work of older artists has been making considerable impact on what we're looking at and how we're thinking about art today", Farquharson said.

Founded in 1984 and named after English 19th century landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, the Prize is the UK's most high-profile visual arts award. The others shortlisted were Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner and Rosalind Nashashibi.

An exhibition in Hull's Ferens Gallery showcasing the nominees work, which organizers said has been visited by over 90,000 people since opening in September, runs until January 7. She is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire.

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