Contemporary drag and fruity sculpture: Turner Prize 2022 shortlist announced | The Art Newspaper

Gareth Harris
12 April 2022

From top left, clockwise: Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard, Sin Wai Kin, Veronica Ryan.
Photos: Rory Van Millingen; Emile Holbar; Vic Lentaigne; Steven Probert © Veronica Ryan, courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.


The nominees for the 2022 Turner Prize include Veronica Ryan, who created the Hackney Windrush commission in London, and Heather Phillipson whose Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square—a swirl of whipped cream topped with a drone—is still turning heads. The other nominees are the Black British photographer Ingrid Pollard and Sin Wai Kin (formerly Victoria Sin) who identifies as non-binary. The prize returns to Tate Liverpool this year (20 October-19 March 2023) after a 15-year hiatus.Heather Phillipson’s THE END (2017)
© David Parry/PA Wire

Phillipson’s subversive work on the Fourth Plinth, THE END (2017), is the 13th piece to be commissioned for the prestigious public art platform located in the heart of London. “I wanted to make my own news. I wanted to make a monument to hubris and impending collapse,” she told the Financial Times.Last year Phillipson reimagined the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain as a sequence of “charged ecosystems, maladaptive seasons and unearthed lifeforms”. She discussed her recent maximalist exhibition at Tate on The Week in Art podcast.Installation view of Veronica Ryan’s Along a Spectrum (2021) at Spike Island, Bristol
Commissioned by Spike Island, Bristol and supported by Freelands Foundation. Photo: Max McClure. © Veronica Ryan. Courtesy of Spike Island, Bristol, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York and Alison Jacques, London

Veronica Ryan has worked with tropical fruit, feathers and dust, dyeing and embroidering a wide variety of fabrics, casting works in plaster, bronze and clay. After a number of high-profile shows in the 1980s and early 1990s, she went off the art world radar however. In an interview with The Art Newspaperlast year, Ryan said: “Although I didn’t finish my MPhil at Soas [the School of Oriental and African Studies in London] I’m interested in archaeology and anthropology, thinking about early cultures and the creative ways that people have always needed to express themselves and I see my work as a continuation of that.” […]

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