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German artist Andrea Büttner among Turner Prize finalists

The prestigious British Turner Prize has announced its shortlist and German artist Andrea Büttner is among the four finalists. The contest is also not just for young artists anymore.

An installation by Andrea Büttner is pictured at the David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles (Andrea Büttner/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017)

An installation by Andrea Büttner is pictured at the David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles

Upon announcement of the four finalists, the Turner Prize jury said Wednesday it was impressed with German artist Andrea Büttner's portfolio of sculptures, paintings and films and her handling of topics such as religion, morals and ethics.

The 45-year-old was born in Stuttgart and lives in Frankfurt and London.

Not just for young artists anymore

The other three artists nominated include Rosalind Nashashibi, who works with film, painter Hurvin Anderson and painter Lubaina Himid. The latter two are over 50 years old, which is a novelty, as the age limit until last year was 50.

Organizers altered the limit in order to honor those artists who got a late start in their artistic careers. Only one other German, Wolfgang Tillmans, has won the prize.

The Turner Prize, named after painter William Turner (whose self-portrait from 1799 is pictured above), has been awarded annually since 1984 - going to an artist either having been born in or currently working in Britain.

The winner, who will be announced in December, receives 25,000 pounds (around 30,000 euros), with runners-up receiving 5,000 pounds each.

Click through the gallery below for a look at former Turner Prize winner WolfgangTillmans' current exhibition at the Tate Museum in London.

als/kbm  (dpa, Reuters, AFP)

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