'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...
The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...
On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...
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 will present 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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