Representation redivivus

The winner of the 2009 Threadneedle Prize for figurative art is announced

Threadneedle Prize

Sheila Wallis has won the 2009 Threadneedle Prize. Launched last year, the Threadneedle sees itself as a rival to the Turner Prize, and aims to make a dent in the hegemony (tyranny?) of conceptualism by promoting figurative and representational art. Although a panel of judges drew up the shortlist, Wallis's Lucian Freud-inspired meditation on marbled flesh (Self-portrait, above) was chosen as the winner by public vote.

The 2009 Turner Prize jury (comprising Charles Esche, Mariella Frostrup, Jonathan Jones, Andrea Schlieker and Stephen Deuchar) announces the result of its deliberations on 7 December. The shortlisted artists are: Enrico David, Roger Hiorns, Lucy Skaer and Richard Wright.

Jonathan Derbyshire is Managing Editor of Prospect. He was formerly Culture Editor of the New Statesman.

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SRSLY #52: New Blood / Absolutely Fabulous / Bewitched

On the pop culture podcast this week: Anthony Horowitz police procedural New Blood, the Absolutely Fabulous movie and the 2005 film Bewitched by Nora Ephron.

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New Blood

Anna on the show's pitch-perfect portrayal of millennial life in London.

Huw Fullerton on New Blood's obsession with property.

Absolutely Fabulous

The trailer for the movie.

An interesting take on the way the show and now the film charts the evolution of celebrity.

Bewitched

The trailer.

An example of the universally negative critical reaction to the film.

 

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