Is it me or has there been less outrage than usual about this year's Turner Prize winner? I'd have thought State Britain, being outright agitprop, would have inspired a wave of fury about "political correctness" and so on. Yet, apart from Brian Sewell's annual show of disapproval, Mark Wallinger's winning recreation of Brian Haw's banned anti-war protest has been greeted quite respectfully. I'm taken by the following comment posted by Carlyle Braden of Croydon at the Evening Standard:
"I'm in two minds about this one. Mr Haw should be hired to sit outside his [Wallinger's] reproduction in the Tate Gallery. [It] would...be a dreadful reminder of [the government's] trying to curtail one's freedom of speech...I still remember Ken Livingstone's number of unemployed across from the seat of government with glee and have been a real fan of Red Ken's ever since! Sometimes you have to hit over the head with a frying pan to get them to listen to you!"
Modern artist speaks for the nation? Whatever next?
My nine year-old has yet to see the Angel Of The North but he obviously knows what it looks like. Hence his spontaneous re-creation of it in shadow form a few weeks ago on Hackney Downs. Hope you're flattered, Antony Gormley. Look here to discover the boy's technique.