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Charlotte Prodger wins 2018 Turner Prize for iPhone films

Plus: Tania Bruguera detained in Cuba | Italian court rules that Getty museum must return ancient statue | Anna Coliva reinstated as director of Galleria Borghese | and Academy Museum of Motion Pictures wins Sotheby’s Prize 

5 December 2018

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Charlotte Prodger wins 2018 Turner Prize for iPhone films | Charlotte Prodger was named winner of the 2018 Turner Prize at Tate Britain on Tuesday night. The 44-year-old Glasgow-based artist was awarded for video work including Bridgit (2016), a highly personal 32-minute film shot over the course of a year on Prodger’s iPhone. First prize is £25,000 and the three other nominees – Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen and Luke Willis Thompson – will each receive £5,000. Prodger has also been chosen to represent Scotland at next year’s Venice Biennale.

Tania Bruguera detained in Cuba | The activist-artist Tania Bruguera and two organisers of the Havana Biennial, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara and Yanelys Nuñez Leyva, were arrested on Monday over plans for a sit-in protest against Decree 349, which will allow the Cuban government to restrict artistic freedom through new fines and regulations. It comes into effect on 7 December. Bruguera’s commission for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern is currently open to the public, and Tate director Maria Balshaw spoke out in support of the artist during the broadcast of the 2018 Turner Prize ceremony on Tuesday night.

Italian court rules that Getty museum must return ancient statue | After 11 years of legal dispute, the supreme court in Italy has ruled that the Getty museum’s 2,000-year-old Greek statue of Victorious Youth (the ‘Getty bronze’) must be returned to Italy. The museum bought the sculpture in 1977 for nearly $4m, but Italy has long maintained it was illegally smuggled out of the country. The J. Paul Getty Trust released a statement yesterday stating that the museum will continue to defend its ‘legal right’ to the statue; it claims the bronze was ‘found in international waters in 1964’ and that the recent rulings are ‘inconsistent’ with earlier findings by Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation.

Anna Coliva reinstated as director of Galleria Borghese | Anna Coliva has been reinstated as the director of Galleria Borghese, it was announced yesterday. The decision comes some six months after Coliva was suspended without pay for alleged absenteeism. An anonymous letter in 2014 to the Italian culture ministry claimed she had been absent from her office for 41 hours over 12 days, with frequent visits to the gym. In May an employment judge stated that there were no grounds for the charges and a settlement was reached with the culture ministry on 12 November. Coliva plans to start her own legal proceedings to clarify where responsibility lies for her suspension.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures wins Sotheby’s Prize | The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures was today announced the winner of the second annual Sotheby’s Prize for curatorial excellence. The museum, due to open in LA next year, will receive $250,000 for its proposed exhibition ‘Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900-1970’, which aims to highlight forgotten areas of American filmmaking. The Sotheby’s Prize funds exhibition proposals that are focused on overlooked areas of art history.

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