Rule change frees Turner prize from wearisome focus on the new | Adrian Searle

By Adrian Searle

It is odd to have a Turner prize show that relies more on the past than the present, but for many viewers Lubaina Himid's art will be a surprise

It feels inevitable that Lubaina Himid should win the Turner prize for 2017, a year in which she has had concurrent solo shows at Modern Art Oxford and Spike Island in Bristol and a significant presence in The Place is Here, a travelling exhibition about Black British art in the 1980s, beginning at Nottingham Contemporary.

There, her 1987 tableau A Fashionable Marriage – a take on William Hogarth's Marriage à la Mode, restaged as a series of large cut-out figures – had a giddy, comic and sprawling vitality, holding its own among other key works of the decade including Black Audio Film Collective's Handsworth Songs (directed by John Akomfrah) and Isaac Julien's early film Territories.

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