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Jonathan Watkins

Jonathan Watkins was one of the jurists for The Turner Prize exhibition of 2001, held at Tate Britain, 7 November 2001 - 20 January 2002. Along with Richard Billingham, Martin Creed, and Isaac Julien, Mike Nelson was shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2001. The jury consisted of Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate, and Chairman of the Jury, Patricia Bickers, Editor, Art Monthly, Stuart Evans, Patron of New Art, Tate, Robert Storr, Senior Curator Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Jonathan Watkins, Director, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.  The award was, in due course, made to Creed.

Creed, the eventual winner, was shortlisted for “his solo exhibition Martin Creed Works at Southampton City Art Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, and Camden Arts Centre, London, and Art Now: Martin Creed at Tate Britain, London, in which he reaffirmed the rigour and purity of his work and its characteristic mixture of seriousness and humour.” Julien was shortlisted for “his complex poetic film installations, that combine a theoretical sophistication with visual beauty and sensuality, seen in exhibitions of his work at Cornerhouse, Manchester, the South London Gallery and Victoria Miro Gallery, London in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella, and in The Film Art of Isaac Julien at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York (and tour).”

All the above quotes come from the introduction to the Turner Prize catalogue, which also contained introductions - both written and visual - to these artists’ work.

The exhibition was sponsored by Channel 4.

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