Amid a chorus of ennui, the Turner Prize is awarded to pop-culture-saturated Mark Lecky. Here’s Bloomberg‘s version:
“That’s what I know, that’s what I grew up with, and that’s what has ultimately affected me,” Leckey said of his focus on moving images. “I can’t differentiate my true desires from the pictures, from movies, from film, from television.” He said his ambition now was to have his own arts variety show on TV, with music, performance, and talks.
Leckey, from the northern-English town of Birkenhead, sprang to fame with a 1999 film titled “Fiorucci Made me Hardcore,” where he surveyed the history of the U.K.’s underground club culture from the 1970s to the early 1990s.
And jury Chair Stephen Deuchar addressed the complaints:
“Sounding the death knell of the Turner Prize seems to be part of the sport of the prize itself,” he said, explaining that the Turner “was created in order to generate contemporary art in Britain. The success of the prize to some extent can be measured by the amount of debate that it generates.”
Leckey Wins Turner Prize, Aided by Felix the Cat, Homer Simpson (Bloomberg)