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Monday, 25 June, 2001, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK
Artists await Wollaston award
Peter Blake
Peter Blake: Summer show curator
The winner of this year's Wollaston Award, for the "most distinguished work" in the Royal Academy (RA) Summer exhibition, in London, is to be announced on Monday.

A shortlist is drawn from the 1180 works on display at the show, including paintings by Bridget Riley, Sir Paul McCartney, sculpture by Sir Anthony Caro and Nicole Farhi and work by Tracey Emin and Tom Morris.

Naked at the Feast by Frederick Gore
Frederick Gore's oil on canvas, Naked at the Feast
The competing works are Naked at the Feast by Frederick Gore, Catherine Long by Marc Quinn and Huddie Leadbelly by Richard Serra.

This year's Summer Exhibition was curated by British pop artist Peter Blake, best known for designing the cover for the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper album.

Blake controversially asked a group of prominent non-Academy artists like Emin, Riley and McCartney to take part in the show.

The decision meet with disapproval with some academicians and Blake.

But the show opened on 5 June amid much interest in these artist's work.

Catherine Long by Marc Quinn
Marc Quinn's marble sculpture Catherine Long
The judges for this year's Wollaston Award are artists Fred Cuming and Richard Deacon, Catherine Lampert - the outgoing director of The WhiteChapel Gallery - and Christopher Lloyd, surveyor of the Queen's Pictures.

Frederick Gore, the son of Spencer Gore, studied at the Ruskin School of Art, then the Westminster School of Art, then the Slade.

He has written many books on art and contributed to many more as his work is collected worldwide.

His work can be seen in Reading, Plymouth, Southampton, Vatican and the V&A museums.

The sculptor Marc Quinn is perhaps best known for his 1991 work, Self, for which he used eight pints of his own blood to freeze and create a self-portrait of his head.

His work often features the body and particularly his own - his Emotional Detox: The Seven Deadly Sins is a series of lead casts of his body.

Huddie Leadbelly by Richard Serra
Richard Serra's paintstick on canvas Huddie Leadbelly
Minimalist American sculptor and artist Richard Serra is bet known for his abstract works, mostly in steel or lead.

His massive outdoor works often counter controversy, but his shorlisted artwork Huddie Leadbelly is a painting on paper.

The Wollaston award was set up in 1978 with a donation from Charles Wollaston, who was a lecturer in art and an enthusiastic supporter of the RA.

Previous winners include David Hockney, John Hoyland and RB Kitaj.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition runs at the Royal Academy, London, from 5 June to13 August.

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