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Turner Prize judges cast net wide
Rebecca Warren
Rebecca Warren works mainly in sculpture
Four artists have made the diverse shortlist for this year's Turner Prize, with painting, photography and sculpture all in the running.

British artist Rebecca Warren is known for her large sculptures, in which she uses twigs, dust and fluff.

Phil Collins, Tomma Abts and Mark Titchner have also made the cut for the 40,000 prize fund.

The four artists will display their creations in the Turner exhibition, with a winner announced on 4 December.

Tate director and chairman of judges Nicholas Serota said: "None of the artists are in any way trying to be sensationalist.

Mark Titchner

"They are trying to deal with the issues of the 21st Century.

"I'm confident that visiting the show will be a very interesting experience and one which will cause people to look at the world in a different way."

Rebecca Warren has created abstract statues of women as well as using natural materials such as twigs for her piece I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass.

Phil Collins, from Runcorn, Merseyside, uses photography and video installations to explore diverse social groups.

He is best-known for They Shoot Horses, a seven-hour video of a disco dance marathon filmed in Ramallah in the Palestinian territories.

Mark Titchner, a graduate of Central St Martin's College in London, explores systems of belief using sculpture, light boxes and text-based work, drawing heavily on philosophy.

TURNER PRIZE ODDS
Tomma Abts - 6/4
Rebecca Warren - 2/1
Mark Titchner - 3/1
Phil Collins - 5/1
Source: William Hill

German-born Tomma Abts, who lives in the UK, is an abstract painter, using geometric compositions in her pieces, which she insists must measure 48 x 38cm (19 x 15in).

Her work Of Mice and Men was displayed at the 2006 Venice Biennale and she has also been included in group exhibitions at London's Hayward Gallery and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

Work by the shortlisted artists will go on display at London's Tate Britain gallery from 3 October.

Tomma Abts
Tomma Abts insists on her work measuring 48 x 38cm (19 x 15in)

The winner will receive 25,000 while the other three finalists will get 5,000 each.

Abts has been installed as the bookmakers' favourite, given odds of 6/4 by William Hill.

"Perhaps we are taking a chance by making a painter our favourite for a prize which has regularly courted controversy," William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said.

"But by the law of averages a painter must win sooner or later."

Last year's contest was won by Simon Starling, who recycled materials including bicycles and sheds to create other objects.


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