Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Artist wins Turner Prize with help of Homer Simpson, Felix the Cat

British artist Mark Leckey, whose work incorporates images of Felix the Cat and Homer Simpson, has won this year's Turner Prize, Britain's biggest contemporary art award.

Leckey, 44, won the £25,000 prize ($46,000) on Monday at London's Tate Britain gallery.

Leckey, a professor of film studies at Frankfurt's Staedelschule, combines sculpture, film, sound and performance in his works.

He presented the Turner jury with Cinema-in-the-Round, which shows the artist lecturing in a deadpan voice on the nature of the filmed image in popular culture, with references to James Cameron's Titanic, Felix the Cat and an episode of The Simpsons.

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