Sunday, December 09, 2007
I didn't comment on the ludicrous award of The Turner Prize to Mark Wallinger's State Britain. This was primarily because I don't think the Turner is worth trashing any more. It has no artistic significance - I don't know anybody who thinks it has - and simply exists as one more pointlessly eccentric, slightly shabby corner of British life like Jeffrey Archer or rich, elderly men who wear bright red corduroy trousers. The great Nick Cohen, the only sane man of the left, puts me to shame today by identifying the true significance of the Wallinger award. It is, he shows, a particularly egregious and exact example of la trahison des clercs. Precisely. There is nothing more to be said except that I wish I'd said it first.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 10:31 am