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Turner Prize 'demands thought not shock'

7th October 2009

Art connoisseurs visiting Tate Britain to see this year's Turner Prize exhibition will find the works are more thought-provoking than shocking, according to one expert.

Rachel Campbell Johnston, chief art critic at The Times, argues that the shortlisted pieces contain many of the elements that have come to be expected from the prize, but few can be described as controversial.

'If you enjoy huffing and puffing about the deplorable state of contemporary art, this year's Turner Prize will probably prove disappointing,' she writes.

However, Campbell Johnston suggests that this does not detract from the quality of the selected works from Enrico David, Roger Hiorns, Lucy Skaer and Richard Wright, which she says are 'subtle and often intriguing in mood'.

She also describes the collection as having a 'quiet, meditative quality', which demands contemplation from the viewer, rather than attempting to provoke a reaction.

Last year, the Turner Prize was won by Mark Leckey, with Runa Islam, Goshka Macuga and Cathy Wilkes the other shortlisted artists.

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