I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...
The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...
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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