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Underdog Artist Wins Turner Prize

Despite heavy bets that artist Roger Hiorns would nab the prestigious Turner Prize this year, the Tate Britain announced Richard Wright as the winner during a live broadcast Monday evening. Other nominees included Enrico David and Lucy Skaers, but Hiorns' installation piece Seizure gained the most attention, and according to the Associated Press, was the odds-on favorite to win. It is not uncommon for the winner of the Turner Prize to be disputed, but Wright's jewel-colored wall paintings (said to be inspired by medieval manuscripts) was far from expected.