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Pop-performance artist up for UK's Turner Prize
Artist whose inspirations include 'Star Wars' and Michael Jackson among Turner Prize finalists
By The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) ' A performance artist who has staged works about the Incredible Hulk and Jabba the Hutt is among four finalists for Britain's most influential and most-mocked art award, the Turner Prize

Spartacus Chetwynd, who uses elaborate handmade costumes for anarchic performances inspired by everyone from the "Star Wars" villain to superheroes and Michael Jackson, is a contender for the 25,000-pound ($40,000) prize, awarded annually to a British artist under 50.

The other finalists announced Tuesday are film and video artists Paul Noble and Elizabeth Price and Luke Fowler, who produces drawings.

Past Turner Prize winners include transvestite potter Grayson Perry, dung-daubing painter Chris Ofili and shark pickler Damien Hirst.

The winner will be announced Dec. 3.

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