The prestigious Tate Gallery has awarded its prestigious Turner Award 2017 to Lubaina Himid, Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston.
The winning work is described on the Tate website as ‘ Inspired by William Hogarth’s Marriage a la Mode 4 (The Countess’s Morning Levee) 1743, this installation features a brightly coloured stage set with a cast of characters taken from Hogarth’s morality tale. Incorporating painting, drawing and collage on cut-outs, the installation relates its historical inspiration to our current climate by including contemporary newspaper headlines and images of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.
Himid’s satirical approach takes aim at the politics of the time as well as its legacy today. In works such as these, the artist appropriates and interrogates European painters and combines aspects of her African heritage to question the role of visual power.’
The competition was held in Hull, at the Ferens Art Gallery.
Professor Himid has a large piece on permanent display, see below, at the Harris Art Gallery in Preston and will have an exhibition in 2018, 2nd March to 3rd June.
Read more about the exhibition on the Harris website, click here