Sunday 7 December 2008 8.35pm
Aficionados of the long dormant thread Art
should clearly head for Tate Britain if this review from the New Statesman is anything to go by...
The winner of the 2008 Turner Prize is due to be announced imminently, but Tim Adams finds that the Tate's catalogue writers are the stars in this competition
Tim Adams wrote:
Read the small print, however, and you find that what you are in the presence of is something rather more significant.
"Wilkes's installations apprehend an end point in our understanding of things as they are - a point at which words become insufficient and the naming of objects is disconnected from our experience of them"
(that is to say, "I can't think of any way of describing this").
And that is not all.
"These precisely placed constellations of ready mades, sculptures, found objects and manipulated images form an uncompromising questioning of the self, and a constant desire to move beyond what is known."