Monday, December 5, 2016

Helen Marten | Parrot Problems

Helen Marten
Parrot Problems 
Cologne, Germany: Koenig Books, 2016
236 pp., 12.4 x 0.9 x 9.6", softcover
Edition size unknown

Released last month, this publication accompanies Marten’s first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. The volume is edited by Susanne Pfeffer and features writings from Diedrich Diederichsen, and Johanna Burton. Marten's contribution includes a 40-page sequence of collages that address "the density and complexity of our material lives."

It was announced today that Martin won the Turner Prize, beating Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, and Josephine Pryde. The jury - which consisted of Alex Farquharson, Michelle Cotton, Tamsin Dillon, Beatrix Ruf and Simon Wallis - called her work "outstanding for its extraordinary range of materials and form" and added that Marten is "making an exceptional contribution to the continuing development of contemporary visual art".

Only a few weeks ago Marten was awarded the £30,000 Hepworth Prize, which she reportedly split between herself and the other finalists, Phyllida Barlow, Steven Claydon and David Medalla. At the time she pledged that if she won the Turner Prize she would do the same.

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