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Train, buttocks among contenders for art’s Turner Prize

September 26, 2016
The legs of people are seen as they look towards part of an artwork by Helen Marten, one of the four artists shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2016, as it is displayed at the Tate Britain gallery in London, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
The legs of people are seen as they look towards part of an artwork by Helen Marten, one of the four artists shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2016, as it is displayed at the Tate Britain gallery in London, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. The Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) — A model train and bare buttocks are among artworks nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize.

Work by four shortlisted artists went on display Monday at London’s Tate Britain gallery. The show includes Michael Dean’s scrap-metal sculptures, Helen Marten’s collage-based works, Josephine Pryde’s model of a graffiti-covered train and Anthea Hamilton’s surrealist sculptures, including a 10-meter (33-foot) tall model of a man’s naked posterior.

The winner of the 25,000-pound ($32,000) prize will be announced Dec. 5.

Founded in 1984 and given annually to a Britain-based artist under 50, the prize often sparks heated debate about the value of modern art.

Named for 19th-century landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, the award helped make stars of potter Grayson Perry, shark pickler Damien Hirst and “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen.

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