"I never thought about doing anything other than making art." — Kim Gordon
On December 7th, this year's Turner Prize shortlisted candidates will wait with bated breath for Kim Gordon, founding member of popular alt-rock band Sonic Youth, to deliver the news that will undoubtedly make one of their careers. Although less known for her artistic relevance than for her post-punk musical credentials, Gordon has long been involved with the contemporary art scene and even released her own limited edition book Kim's Bedroom in 2000.
Before Sonic Youth rocketed her to fame in the late 80s, Gordon graduated from California’s Otis College of Art and Design with an MFA and moved to New York City to be an aspiring conceptual artist. She currently belongs to the 303 Gallery, along with other leading contemporary artists like Doug Aitken and Alicia Kwade, and operates out of New York City as a visual artist. Additionally, Gordon wrote for Artforum and worked for art galleries in SoHo as well as with now-powerful art dealer Larry Gagosian when he first started out selling posters. Gordon told Rolling Stone that she has "long considered herself a visual artist who happened to be in a band."
Gordon joins various other celebrities such as Yoko Ono and Jude Law in presenting the Turner Prize. Founded in 1984 and named in honor of J.M.W. Turner, this award is given annually to an outstanding British artist under the age of 50. Organized by the Tate gallery and accompanied by a £40,000 cash prize, it is widely considered to be the UK’s most prestigious art award and one of the world's most high profile. This year’s shortlist includes socially and politically inspired female artists Bonnie Camplin, Janice Kerbel, and Nicole Wermers, as well as architecture collective Assemble.