Who could mistake this rubbish bin for art? - The Daily Mail and The Turner Prize
The Daily Mail's coverage of The Turner Prize is almost an event in itself and this year their article's headline epitomises everything I find fun about their coverage. It typifies how tabloidesque newspapers sell articles on contemporary art to their centre-right conservative readership. Here are of some highlight quotes and comments from this years articles: Who could mistake this rubbish bin for art? It must be the Turner Prize judges as winner is announced via Daily Mail
- "There are no prizes for guessing which competition this piece of, erm, art won yesterday."
- "They included a room full of screwed up paper and a video of a floorboard."
- "Despite its scruffy appearance, judges for the £25,000 prize said this winning piece had a 'new sense of poetry'"
- "I've seen better bins hanging on lamp posts and standing in lay bys." - Susie Roberts, Coventry
- "To think I struggle to try to draw and paint, when all I can do is just crumple some paper up and call it a ridculous name. I'll be nominated for the Turner sometime, just you wait." - Claire, Dundee
- "A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered." - Holly, England
- "I do not understand how reasonably intelligent and articulate art critics and commentators can be so utterly shallow and sycophantic in a free society...... These 'critics' would have felt right at home within the totalitarian art establishment behind the iron curtain, serving any master for a priviledged existence." - Paul H, London
- "If advertisers and shops are penalized for misrepresentation surly someone could sue these idiots." - Rich S, Middlesbrough
- Mentions of the phrase "emperor's new clothes" - 13
The Turner Prize launches in Newcastle... but what will visitors make of Karla Black's plastic bag sculptures? via Daily Mail
- "At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking that a group of painters and decorators had left behind a pile of their paint-spattered dust-sheets."
- "Since when has that been art? If that is the case I make art every time I put something in the bin." - Jane, Northants
- "The con-artists who insult our inteligence these days in the guise of being fine-artists, are degrading art, and should not be tolerated, let alone exhibited." - Paul of England, Margate
- "True art is created by the very few who have genuine talent. If the majority can execute a reasonable copy of something, then it is not art." - HC, Birmingham
- "These exhibits make me think of our government." - peejay, Helston
- "More Marxist-inspired nonsense!" - George L Rockwell, London
- Mentions of the phrase "emperor's new clothes" - 6
It could only be Turner: Suspended ball of plastic is favourite to win prize via Daily Mail
- "visitors may be left wondering where the art actually is."
- "More unkind critics might dismiss it as boring."
- "I have an eye for fine art, I also have an eye for rubbish,which these clearly are." - Tam, Glasgow
- "I have eye for Art and do lots of art photography, Please tell me this is a joke.!!!" - Pedram, London
- "I assume you have to be sectioned before you can be accepted for the judging panel or to exhibit." - dailymale, london
- "I sometimes wonder if I exist in the same time continuum as some of these artists" - KayT, Newcastle
- "we went on a school trip to an art gallery, and Karla Blacks 'what to ask for others' was in the first room we went in. we all thought they were late and hadnt put up the work yet, and they had still left all the rubbish and packaging on the floor." - student, westerham
- Mentions of the phrase "emperor's new clothes" - 5