richard wright : turner prize 2009

01.09.2010
the 2009 winner of the prestigous turner prize is glaslow based artist, richard wright.  having seen his work, i am drawn to the intensity and subtle nature of his installations.  wall painting is the core of his practice and while some might dismiss his works as purely decorative, his interest in the ephemeral and site specificity is what makes his art so amazing.  for the turner prize, wright created a gold fresco at the tate modern which will be painted over at the end of the month.  inspired by his childhood memories of trips to the tate– from a distance, one sees abstract designs but upon closer inspection, there are shapes that suggest angels, sunbursts and clouds recalling the turner landscapes and blake watercolors that can be seen elsewhere in the gallery, it will soon be a memory.  “I am interested in the fragility of the moment of engagement in heightening that moment,” wright said. to see a work knowing that it will not last, “emphasises that moment of its existence”.
untitled, 2009. gold fresco, tate modern london
untitled [detail], 2008. photo: gagosian gallery, london/new york, the modern institute/toby webster ltd, glasgow, and BQ, berlin

untitled, 2007. black gouache on ceiling and walls at 26 london street, edinburgh. photo: ruth clark
untitled 2007. photo: gagosian gallery, london/new york, the modern institute/toby webster ltd, glasgow, and BQ, berlin
untitled, 2005. red gouache and enamel painting at the gagosian gallery, new york. photograph: katie collins/PA
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