In first, Turner Prize for art goes to all 4 finalists

LONDON — The prestigious Turner Prize for art has been awarded to — everyone.

Organizers say all four of the finalists have won this year’s award after they wrote to the jury and asked to be treated as a collective.

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Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani said that, in a divided world, they wanted the prize "to make a collective statement in the name of commonality, multiplicity and solidarity — in art as in society."

Jury president Alex Farquharson said award jurors agreed unanimously to the request.

Usually the Turner Prize winner receives 25,000 pounds ($32,000) and the runners-up $5,000. This year the four artists can divide the $40,000 prize pot however they wish.

The award was presented Tuesday at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, southeast England.

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