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Re: Jeremy Deller tuner prize winner 2004 HE iS GOOD
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From: John Moseley
Category: Exhibitions
Date: 23 December 2004

Review

Ive seen the Turner Prize show now and slightly revised my opinion of Jeremy Deller. Memory Bucket is a documentary devoid of artistic merit (I know I know whatever that is) and less interesting than documentaries made by professionals for TV. His Spanish parade documented on video by children is mawkish and didactic. The little plaques commemorating dead people Deller thinks we should care about are irritatingly sanctimonious. This is art by someone who doesnt really like art. My previous slight impression of a sort of Victorian moralism in him is now markedly increased. Its as if hes constantly saying that art is of no value of itself it should communicate improving VALUES. This is a simplistic and philistine position and I feel patronised by it since I already have values. Id feel more improved by a good haircut. Except for Kutlug Attaman's, the other Turner Prize exhibits were terrible too.

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