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Wolfgang Tillmans Wins the Turner Prize 2000

Wolfgang Tillmans Wins the Turner Prize 2000: Press related to past competition.

Turner Prize 2000 has been awarded to Wolfgang Tillmans it was announced at Tate Britain this evening. The £20,000 prize, sponsored by Channel 4 since 1991, was presented by the fashion designer Paul Smith.

Wolfgang Tillmans was shortlisted for his numerous exhibitions and publications of his work in books and magazines.

In awarding Wolfgang Tillmans the prize the jury praised the way in which his work engages with different aspects of contemporary culture, while challenging conventional aesthetics, taking photography in new directions in both his methods of working and in the presentation of his work. The jury was impressed by his ability to look at often unregarded aspects of the everyday and create striking images from them.

The jury also stressed the strength of the shortlist and wished to record their admiration for the outstanding exhibitions produced by all four artists.

The Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist (the term British applies to all artists working in the United Kingdom and to British-born artists who may be working abroad) under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of his or her work in the twelve months preceding 31 May 2000. The Prize was established in 1984 by the Patrons of New Art and is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art. The shortlisted artists for 2000 were: Glenn Brown; Michael Raedecker; Wolfgang Tillmans and Tomoko Takahashi.

Previous winners are: 1984 Malcolm Morley; 1985 Howard Hodgkin; 1986 Gilbert & George; 1987 Richard Deacon; 1988 Tony Cragg; 1989 Richard Long; 1990 (Prize suspended); 1991 Anish Kapoor; 1992 Grenville Davey; 1993 Rachel Whiteread; 1994 Antony Gormley; 1995 Damien Hirst; 1996 Douglas Gordon; 1997 Gillian Wearing; 1998 Chris Ofili; 1999 Steve McQueen.