Charlotte Higgins – With his quietly atmospheric, lyrically autumnal sculptural installation
recalling a melancholy urban park with its metallic trees and scattered paper leaves, Martin Boyce has been announced as the winner of the £25,000 Turner prize.
His acceptance of the award at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, from fashion photographer Mario Testino, was briefly delayed when a streaker, clad seemingly in only a pink tutu and with the words “study this” scrawled on his chest, invaded the stage before being tackled to the ground and removed by security guards.
Boyce was narrowly the bookies’ favourite for the prize, ahead of painter George Shaw, who chronicles the scrubby, dilapidated suburban streets of his native Midlands.
Boyce thanked his “mum and dad, brilliant wife and gorgeous children” and paid tribute to his art school, saying: “When education is going through the wringer, it is important to acknowledge the value of teachers.”
Boyce, 44, is the third Turner-prize winner in succession either brought up or educated in Glasgow, after Susan Philipsz last year and Richard Wright in 2009, a fact that confirms the now indelible importance of the city to Britain’s art world. On the shortlist was another Glasgow School of Art graduate, sculptor Karla Black… read more.