Martin Boyce has won this year’s Turner prize. He received the award at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, in a ceremony that was briefly interrupted by a streaker who ran across the stage.
The 44-year-old’s win is being seen by many as confirmation of the importance of Glasgow to the UK art scene. Boyce is the third winner in a row to have a strong connection with Glasgow, and is one of a number of graduates from the Glasgow School of Art’s environmental art course to achieve success in recent years.
Most of Boyce’s work takes the form of sculpture, and has been described as a ‘modernist garden’. He is widely seen as being heavily influenced by modernist design history, although the judges of this year’s Turner prize were quick to point out that an understanding of such history is not a prerequisite for appreciating his work.