The Turner prize shortlist 2010: their pictures, our words

Banksy may not have made it onto this year's Turner prize shortlist, but Susan Philipsz, Angela de la Cruz, Dexter Dalwood and the Otolith Group did. Click through to investigate their work, see what the Turner committee said about them – and read the verdict from Guardian critics. An exhibition of work by the shortlisted artists will open at Tate Britain on 5 October, and the winner will be announced on 6 December
Turner prize 2010: Susan Philipsz
Susan Philipsz
Glasgow-born, Berlin-based Philipsz is best known for recording her own versions of pop and folk songs, which she has played in stairwells, supermarkets and under bridges. In one work, she sang through a PA system to unsuspecting shoppers at a branch of Tesco
Photograph: Taavetti Alin
Turner prize 2010: Long Gone by Susan Philipsz
Long Gone (2009)
What the judges said: 'Philipsz uses her own singing voice to create uniquely evocative sound installations that respond to the character of specific, often out-of-the-way spaces.'
Photograph: Borja Bernárdez/Susan Philipsz/Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Photograph: Borja Bernárdez/
Turner prize 2010: Lowlands by Susan Philipsz, Turner prize shortlist 2010
Lowlands (2010)
What we said: 'To be caught unawares by a Philipsz installation is to stumble on an intimate experience: the almost affectless, deliberately unshowy way she uses her fragile, unaccompanied voice stops you in your tracks and makes you listen and look hard – which is part of the point.' (Charlotte Higgins, 2010)
Photograph: Eoghan McTigue/Tanya Bonakdar Ga/PA
Photograph: Eoghan McTigue/Tanya Bonakdar Ga/
Turner prize 2010: Angela de la Cruz
Angela de la Cruz
De la Cruz's 'everyday paintings', which she has made since 1994, start off as monochrome abstracts built up in layers of oil paint on canvas, but are then smashed, ripped, squashed and crumpled into strange shapes. They are presented crammed into corners, propped against walls or squeezed into unsuitable places
Photograph: Angela de la Cruz/Lisson Gallery
Turner prize 2010: Stuck by Angela de la Cruz, Turner prize shortlist 2010
Stuck (2010)
What the judges said: 'De la Cruz uses the language of painting and sculpture to create striking works that evoke memory and desire through combining formal tension with a deeper emotional presence.'
Photograph: Andy Keats/Courtesy Camden Arts/PA
Photograph: Andy Keats/Courtesy Camden Arts/
Turner prize 2010: Ready to wear by Angela de la Cruz
Ready to Wear (1999)
What we said: 'One could see much of De la Cruz's work as a response to all the talk about the death of painting that periodically grips the art world. Painting may be dead, but it won't lie down – except that De la Cruz's does, and worse.' (Adrian Searle, 2010)
Photograph: Angela de la Cruz/Lisson Gallery
Photograph: Angela de la Cruz/
Turner prize 2010: Dexter Dalwood
Dexter Dalwood
Dalwood's 'history paintings' feature absent ghosts from Sharon Tate to the IRA's Grand Hotel bomber and David Kelley. Dalwood is now the 2/1 favourite to win the Turner prize; his work is 'easy on the eye', explained a William Hill spokesman helpfully
Photograph: Chloe Barter
Turner prize 2010: Death of David Kelly by Dexter Dalwood
Death of David Kelly (2008)
What the judges said: '...the rich depth and varied range of his approach to making paintings [draws] upon art history as well as contemporary cultural and political events.'
Photograph: Dave Morgan/Gagosian Gallery/Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
Photograph: Dave Morgan/Gagosian Gallery/
Turner prize 2010: Hendrix's Last Basement by Dexter Dalwood, Turner prize shortlist 2010
Hendrix's Last Basement (2001)
What we said: 'Dalwood was nobody until he was taken up by Charles Saatchi and promoted as one of Saatchi's so-called New Neurotic Realists... Some people say painting is back. If this is what they mean by painting, I hope it goes away again soon.' (Jonathan Jones, 2000)
Photograph: FXP Photography/Gagosian Gallery/PA
Photograph: FXP Photography/Gagosian Gallery/
Turner prize shortlist: The Otolith Group
The Otolith Group
The Otolith Group is made up of two London-based artists, Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun. Much of their film work is focused on Third World social movements and utopian experiments in Africa, Asia, and eastern Europe
Photograph: Houssam Mchaiemch/Courtesy of the Otolith Group
Photograph: Houssam Mchaiemch/
Turner prize 2010: A Long Time Between Suns by Otolith Group, Turner prize shortlist 2010
A Long Time Between Suns (2009)
What the judges said: 'The Otolith Group work collaboratively across a range of disciplines, in particular the moving image, to investigate overlooked histories through archival and documentary material.'
Photograph: Matthew Booth/The Otolith Group//PA
Photograph: Matthew Booth/The Otolith Group//
Turner prize 2010: Otolith II by Otolith Group
Otolith II (2007)
What we said: 'The Otolith group's approach can be as playful as it is unflinchingly erudite.' (Skye Sherwin, 2009)
Photograph: The Otolith Group

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