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Turner Prize 2010, Tate Britain | reviews, news & interviews

Turner Prize 2010, Tate Britain

Turner Prize 2010, Tate Britain

Interesting, engaging and intelligent. You wouldn't believe it's the Turner Prize

'Otolith III' by Turner Prize-nominees The Otolith Group is both confusing and beguiling

There may be some who feel this year’s shortlist for the Turner Prize has done little to forge ahead with anything new, innovative and different. And then there may be others who will welcome the rather more established artists on this year’s list, that is those who have continued to steadily develop their practice for well over a decade, with no great surprises, such as Angela de La Cruz and Dexter Dalwood.

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otolith lll is brilliant and does remain.....its on its own and thats what art should be..

The Otolith Group hark back to the mega-earnest and mega-deadly 'theoretical work' of the 70s and 80s, but with just a touch of 21st century pizzazz. Given that I came to absolutely loathe all that stuff at the time, I found myself wondering why I warmed to this exhibit. Nostalgia for a now remote era? Or the sense (the hope), that their apparently poker-faced seriousness had the tiniest layer of humorous self-knowledge? I suspect that there isn't, and that the Otolith Group regard aridity and humourlessness as necessary to their project. It's still the most thought provoking of the four exhibits - though that isn't saying much. By the way you can listen to 'Otolith ii' - the French TV series shown on different screens - on headphones, if you can find them in the dark!

too obscure and too much like hard work I'm afraid. As a result it loses its audience

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