Laure Prouvost

Laure Prouvost

Prouvost photographed in 2010
Born 1978
Croix, France
Nationality French
Education Central Saint Martins, Goldsmiths
Known for Installation art
Notable work Wantee
Awards Turner Prize, MaxMara Art Prize

Laure Prouvost (born 1978) is a French artist living and working in Antwerp (BE). She won the 2013 Turner Prize.


Prouvost was born in Croix, an upscale suburb of Lille, France, and attended a local school with a strong arts focus.[1][2] She studied film at Central Saint Martins and also attended Goldsmiths, University of London. After graduating from Saint Martins, she worked as an assistant to the artist John Latham, who she describes as "more like a grandfather than my real grandfather".[3] She has exhibited at Tate Britain[4] and the Institute of Contemporary Arts. She was awarded the biennial MaxMara Art Prize for Women[5] in 2011 in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery and her work has appeared in the private contemporary art collection Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy.[6] Prouvost's work combines installation, collage and film.

Prouvost was the principal prize winner at the 57th Oberhausen Film Festival[7] In 2014, she staged her first solo museum exhibition in the United States at the New Museum, titled For Forgetting.[8]

2013 Turner Prize

Prouvost won the 2013 Turner Prize winner for an installation named Wantee made in response to the artist Kurt Schwitters. In a tea party setting a film describes a fictional relationship between Prouvost's grandfather and Schwitters.[9] The work is named in reference to the habit of Schwitters' partner of asking guests if they "want tea".[10] The panel described the work as "outstanding for its complex and courageous combination of images and objects in a deeply atmospheric environment".[11] Prouvost was generally considered a surprise winner.[2]

Selected works


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  2. 1 2 "In Surprise Win, Laure Prouvost Takes Turner Prize". New York Times. 3 December 2013.
  3. Wright, Karen (20 September 2013). "In the studio: Laure Prouvost, film and installation artist - Features - Art - The Independent". The Independent. London: INM. ISSN 0951-9467. OCLC 185201487. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  4. "Wantee and Friends | Tate". 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  5. Laure Prouvost. Farfromwords, Car mirrors eat rasperries when swimming through the sun, to swallow sweet smells..., catalogue of the exhibition, 2013, Collezione Maramotti and Max Mara in collaboration with Whitechapel gallery.
  6. "BBC News - Laure Prouvost wins women's art prize". 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  7. "Frieze Magazine | Archive | Focus: Laure Prouvost". 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013. principal prize winner at the 57th Oberhausen Film Festival.
  8. Rosenberg, Karen. "Laure Prouvost Exhibition Opens at New Museum -". The New York Times. New York: NYTC. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  9. Higgins, Charlotte (2013). "Turner prize 2013: a shortlist strong on wit and charm | Art and design |". Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  10. "Laure Prouvost wins Turner prize 2013". The Guardian. 2 December 2013.
  11. "BBC News - Turner Prize 2013: Laure Prouvost wins £25,000 prize". 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
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Preceded by
Elizabeth Price
Turner Prize winner
Succeeded by
Duncan Campbell
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