Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
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Lubaina Himid becomes the oldest ever victor of the Turner Prize

Lubaina Himid becomes the oldest ever victor of the Turner Prize

Lubaina Himid, 63, on Tuesday became the oldest victor of the Turner Prize, Britain's most prestigious yet controversial visual art award, for her works celebrating black creativity. In 2017 Himid had solo shows at Modern Art Oxford and Spike Island in Bristol and participated in Nottingham Contemporary's The Place is Here survey of 1980s black artists. In her acceptance speech, Himid thanked her supporters during the "wilderness years" and described her win as "a complete shock".

According to a statement, they praised Himid for "her uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today".

At its 63 years, Lubaina Himid surpasses in more than a decade limit of age that Turner imposed on 1991 (seven years after its creation) but that in this edition it has chose to eliminate. The jury also acknowledged her role as an influential curator and educator who continues to speak urgently to the moment.

The Turner Prize award money is 40,000 pounds ($54,000), with 25,000 pounds going to the victor and 5,000 pounds each for the other short-listed artists.

Himid has consistently foregrounded the contribution of African diaspora to Western culture.

Lubaina Himid has been crowned this year's Turner Prize victor, beating Rosalind Nashashibi, Hurvin Anderson, and Andrea Buttner to take home the £25,000 prize money.

Working across painting, installation, drawing and printmaking, and bringing both old and new work together, her work is both visually arresting and critical.

Himid was one of two artists aged over 50 on the four-person shortlist after the age limits were lifted.

"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.

The members of the Turner Prize 2017 jury were Dan Fox, writer and co-editor of Frieze; Martin Herbert, art critic; Mason Leaver-Yap, Walker Art Center's Bentson Scholar of Moving Image and associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin; and Emily Pethick, the director of Showroom, London. Containing many works shown for the first time in decades alongside pieces never-before seen in a public gallery, this exhibition highlights Himid's consistently thought-provoking and distinctive visual style. She is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire.

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