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Collins, Warren make Turner Prize shortlist

Written by: Staff

LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) A video artist best known for filming a dance marathon in Ramallah and a sculptor who offers works comprising twigs, dust and fluff are among the Turner Prize contenders this year.

The shortlist for the 25,000 pound art prize was announced on Tuesday. The contending works will be exhibited in the Tate Britain Museum from October with the winner to be announced on December 4.

The judges, whose choices for the Turner Prize often provoke howls of rage from the wider art world, remained true to controversial form this year.

Phil Collins is best-known for filming a disco dance marathon in the administrative capital of the Palestinian territories entitled ''They Shoot Horses''.

Among painter Mark Titchner's works are ''Be Angry But Don't Stop Breathing'' while the twigs are offered by Rebecca Warren.

The shortlist was completed by German-born painter Tomma Abts.

In 2001, conceptual artist Martin Creed's prize-winning entry was a bare room with a light that switched on and off.

In 1998, Chris Ofili won with a Virgin Mary figure made of elephant dung. In 1995, Damien Hirst was the victor with a pickled sheep.

Artist Tony Kaye once tried to submit a homeless steelworker as his entry.

Reuters SI RN1407

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