Artnet recently published a blurb about the Turner Prize winner, Simon Starling:
On Dec. 5, 2005, 38-year-old Scottish conceptual artist Simon Starling was presented with the £25,000 Turner Prize by culture minister David Lammy at Tate Britain in a ceremony televised on Britain’s Channel Four. The Berlin-based, Glasgow-born artist is known for Shedboatshed, in which he transformed a wooden shack into a boat that he sailed down the Rhine. Starling has also made Eames-style chairs from recycled materials, ridden a motorized bicycle across Spain in 2004, using the water from the exhaust to paint a picture of a cactus, and built a wooden chicken coop for hens, using the wood from the coop for a fire to cook the eggs the hens laid. His work has been little-seen in the U.S. [ed. italics mine]
Um, can we see to it that the U.S. continues to see little of Mr. Starling's work? That'll be my conceptual art project. Maybe there's a big money prize I can win with it!
The blurb continues to say:
Despite such populist posturing, however, Starling’s victory can be seen as a reflection of a "post-YBA sensibility" that is less spectacle-driven and more "modest materially and formally," according to White Columns director (and 2006 Turner jurist) Matthew Higgs.
Mr. Higgs recently rejected my work for the White Columns Artist Registry and I thought then, and think now, that my work just isn't nearly contemporary enough for such things. Another reassurance that I'm going down the right path...
I plan on posting more about this in the future, but I seriously think the art world is due for change within the next 5-10 years. I really think that craftsmanship has to come to the front of the class and I just don't see it today. Take, for example, the recent OPTIONS 2005 show here in DC or many of the images being reported from Art Basel Miami Beach. Surely people are going to grow tired of looking at ugly things (I'm not saying that makes it bad art). Of course, I'm not sure how frequently big-money collectors actually look at what they buy today.
Where's the beauty?