Worth 1,000 words (but not £20,000)?
But sadly, that is where any connection between Beryl Cook, the Tate, and the Turner ends. Just last week the Tate (again) stonewalled pleas from Beryl Cook's supporters to honour her 80th birthday by finally agreeing to purchase a single one of her pictures. Even the more obscene when considering that one of Cook's paintings fetches between £20-£40,000: the same price the Tate paid for a can of faeces four years ago.
It must be Cook's popularity that makes her taboo to the established art world. But should there not be a section of the visual arts canon set aside for that which pleases the public if nothing else? If not, don't we risk just being left with whatever fits into Tracey's sad and self conscious tent?
The Turner Prize opens today at Tate Britain and runs until January 14. The winner will be announced on December 4.