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.Read More
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.
Text courtesy Reflex Amsterdam.
The show, due to open at Reflex Amsterdam gallery later this month (Letting Go; 19 October-6 December) in the Dutch capital, reflects on consumer society.
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.
In Conversation with...Gavin Turk is the fifth installment of our ongoing series of artist interviews. In this episode, Gavin Turk tells us about his new exhibition Letting Go. The artist talks about his ideas regarding the term 'value', consuming and his fascination with the plastic water bottle. The series 'In Conversation with...' is...