French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...
There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
Gavin Turk has pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture, including the painted bronze, the waxwork, the recycled art-historical icon and the use of rubbish in art. Turk's installations and sculptures deal with issues of authorship, authenticity and identity. Concerned with the 'myth' of the artist and the 'authorship' of a work, Turk's engagement with this modernist, avant-garde debate stretches back to the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp.
In 1991, the Royal College of Art refused Turk a degree on the basis that his final show, Cave, consisted of a whitewashed studio space containing only a blue heritage plaque commemorating his presence, 'Gavin Turk worked here 1989-91'. Instantly gaining notoriety through this installation, Turk's work has since been collected and exhibited by many major museums and galleries throughout the world.
Solo exhibitions include: Who What When Where How and Why, Newport St Gallery, London (2016), Yard, CCA Andratx (2015), Seven Billion Two Hundred and One Million Nine Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand and Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight, The Bowes Museum, UK (2014), GT - The Project, Ecole Supérieure d'Arts Plastiques de la Ville de Monaco, (2013), Burnt Out, Kunsthaus Baselland (2008), Gavin Turk: Oeuvre, Tate Britain (2002), Copper Jubilee, The New Art Gallery Walsall (2002), The Stu Show, South London Gallery (1998).
Selected group shows include: Play Kortrijk Belgium (2018), Poor Art | Arte Povera: Italian Influences, British Responses, Estorick Collection (2017), In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive and You Were Full of Joy, Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester (2016), Fashion & Art Collusion, V&A (2012), Color in Flux, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art (2011), This is Sculpture, Tate Liverpool (2009), In the Darkest House There May Be Light, Serpentine Gallery (2006), Art Out of Place, Norwich Castle (2005), Independence, South London Gallery (2003), Face o : A Portrait of the Artist, Kettle's Yard (2002) and Sensation, Royal Academy, London, Berlin and New York (1997). Reflex presented Gavin Turk's first solo show in the Netherlands in 2019.
Wisdom, wit and the right amount of weirdness are three things that come naturally to moustacheod artist Gavin Turk. The original YBA is known for his radical approach to contemporary sculpture, his vocal politics, and his talent for mimicry—in the halcyon days of the early 90s he impersonated everyone from punks to Pollock.
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