Professor

Gavin Turk

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Personal statement

  • 1967 Born in Guildford
  • Lives and works in London

Gavin Turk is a British born, international artist. He has pioneered many forms of contemporary British sculpture now taken for granted, 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 was spotted by Charles Saatchi and has since been exhibited by many major galleries and museums throughout the world. Turk has recently been commissioned to make several public sculptures including Nail, a 12-meter sculpture at One New Change, next to St Paul’s cathedral, London, England. In 2013 Prestel published Turk’s first major monograph, showcasing more than two decades of his work.

Education

  • 1989 -1991 Royal College of Art
  • 1986 -1989 Chelsea School of Art

Research and academic outputs

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Gavin Turk
book

Turk, G, Curtis, D, Collins, J and Sinclair, I (2013) Gavin Turk. Prestel, London. ISBN 9783791348346


This is not a book about Gavin Turk
book

Turk, G and Newsome, R (2011) This is not a book about Gavin Turk. Trolley Books, London. ISBN 9781907112270


Gavin Turk
book

Turk, G and Barrett, B (2004) Gavin Turk. New art up-close . Royal Jelly Factory, London. ISBN 0954636511


Gavin Turk in the house: a reader
book

Curtis, D, Turk, G and Marlow, T (2003) Gavin Turk in the house: a reader. Open House, London.


Egg balance
artefact

Turk, G (2016) Egg balance. [Artefact]


‘L'Âge d'Or (Green)’
artefact

Turk, G (2014) ‘L'Âge d'Or (Green)’. [Artefact]


Nail: a sculpture, commissioned by Land Securities for One New Change. One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF, UK
artefact

Turk, G (2011) Nail: a sculpture, commissioned by Land Securities for One New Change. One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF, UK. [Artefact]


Who What When Where How and Why
exhibition

Turk, G (2016) Who What When Where How and Why. Newport Street Gallery, London, UK, 23 November 2016 – 19 March 2017. [Exhibition]


One twenty five (2013)
exhibition

Turk, G (2016) One twenty five (2013). In: NEON: The Charged Line, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK, 1 September 2016 - 7 January 2017. [Exhibition]


GT
exhibition

Turk, G (2016) GT. Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery, Knokke, Belgium, 6 August - 15 September 2016. [Exhibition]


The shining (2007)
exhibition

Turk, G (2016) The shining (2007). In: Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, Somerset House, London, UK, 6 July - 24 August 2016. [Exhibition]


Nomad (black) (2006)
exhibition

Turk, G (2016) Nomad (black) (2006). In: In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive and You Were Full of Joy, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, 10 June - 30 October 2016. [Exhibition]


Ajar (2011)
exhibition

Turk, G (2016) Ajar (2011). In: Sculpture in the City, Square Mile, London, UK, 1 June 2016 - 1 June 2017. [Exhibition]


Gav (Library Bar)
exhibition

Turk, G (2016) Gav (Library Bar). Bruchium - Al Forno, Venice, Italy, 7 May - 22 November 2015. [Exhibition]


Pop up (2000)
exhibition

Turk, G (2016) Pop up (2000). In: Punk: Its Traces in Contemporary Art, MACBA Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 13 May - 25 September 2016. [Exhibition]


Nomad (2003)
exhibition

Turk, G (2016) Nomad (2003). In: Found, The Foundling Museum, London, UK, 27 May - 4 September 2016. [Exhibition]


Yellow fright wig (2014)
exhibition

Turk, G (2016) Yellow fright wig (2014). In: The Legacy of Andy Warhol, Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden, 14 April - 25 September 2016. [Exhibition]


Oscar (1999)
exhibition

Turk, G (2016) Oscar (1999). In: Surrealism and Beyond, Von Bartha Collection, Basel, Switzerland, 21 April - 19 June 2016. [Exhibition]


Pink Che (2005)
exhibition

Turk, G (2016) Pink Che (2005). In: Bread and Roses: Artists and the Class Divide, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland, 9 February - 1 May 2016. [Exhibition]


Petroleum
exhibition

Turk, G (2016) Petroleum. The Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, USA, 12 February - 12 March 2016. [Exhibition]


Water biscuit (2010)
exhibition

Turk, G (2016) Water biscuit (2010). In: The Box, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK, 22 January - 13 February 2016. [Exhibition]


Wittgenstein’s Dream
exhibition

Turk, G (2015) Wittgenstein’s Dream. Freud Museum, London, UK, 26 November 2015 - 7 February 2016. [Exhibition]


A Vision
exhibition

Turk, G (2015) A Vision. Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria, 17 September - 31 October 2015. [Exhibition]


Ostrich egg (2011) & Geometric surface (2014) & Rich tea biscuit (2006) & Signed egg (2011)
exhibition

Turk, G (2015) Ostrich egg (2011) & Geometric surface (2014) & Rich tea biscuit (2006) & Signed egg (2011). In: Extraordinary: Objects & Actions in Contemporary Art, The Lowry, Salford, UK, 25 July - 18 October 2015. [Exhibition]


Yard
exhibition

Turk, G (2015) Yard. CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain, 25 July - 15 December 2015. [Exhibition]


Brillo (V) (2003)
exhibition

Turk, G (2015) Brillo (V) (2003). In: Falling Fictions, Me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany, 12 June - 30 August 2015. [Exhibition]


Geometric surface (2014)
exhibition

Turk, G (2015) Geometric surface (2014). In: The Fall Of The Rebel Angels, Castello 1610/A, Venice, Italy, 9 May - 23 June 2015. [Exhibition]


The Mechanical Turk
exhibition

Turk, G (2015) The Mechanical Turk. Metropole Hotel, Venice, Italy, 1 May - 30 June 2015. [Exhibition]


ID (2013) & Parapraxis (2013)
exhibition

Turk, G (2015) ID (2013) & Parapraxis (2013). In: Photography Now: An International Survey, Ben Brown Gallery, London, UK, 23 April - 27 April 2015. [Exhibition]


The swimmer (2003) & Rough sleeper (2003)
exhibition

Turk, G (2015) The swimmer (2003) & Rough sleeper (2003). In: The Wanderer’s Nightsong II, C&C Gallery, London, UK, 3 April - 10 May 2015. [Exhibition]


Self portrait (fountain) (2012)
exhibition

Turk, G (2015) Self portrait (fountain) (2012). In: Watershed: Art, Play and the Politics of Water, Hall Place & Gardens, Bexley, UK, 28 March - 6 September 2015. [Exhibition]


Ragut kirn & Takun girv & Trik ungav & Tug vrinak (2010)
exhibition

Turk, G (2015) Ragut kirn & Takun girv & Trik ungav & Tug vrinak (2010). In: Chercher Le Garçon, MAC VAL Musée d’Art contemporain Val-de-Marne, Paris, France, 7 March - 31 August 2015. [Exhibition]


Rosette (2013)
exhibition

Turk, G (2015) Rosette (2013). In: Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions, The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, USA, 13 February - 24 May 2015. [Exhibition]


Golden Delicious
exhibition

Turk, G (2015) Golden Delicious. Louisa Guinness Gallery, London, UK, 26 February - 2 April 2015. [Exhibition]


Portrait of something that I’ll never really see (1997)
exhibition

Turk, G (2015) Portrait of something that I’ll never really see (1997). In: Self: Image and Identity, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, 24 January - 10 May 2015. [Exhibition]


We Are One
exhibition

Turk, G (2014) We Are One. New Art Centre Park & Gallery, Roche Court, UK, 8 November 2014 - 8 February 2015. [Exhibition]


A
exhibition

Turk, G (2014) A. Ben Brown Gallery, Hong Kong, China, 13 September - 15 November 2014. [Exhibition]


Liqueur D'Expédition
exhibition

Turk, G (2014) Liqueur D'Expédition. Christian Larsen, Stockholm, Sweden, 21 August - 28 September 2014. [Exhibition]


Pipe
exhibition

Turk, G (2014) Pipe. In: Futurkammer, The Holburne Museum, Bath, 7 June - 15 June 2014. [Exhibition]


Pense Bête
exhibition

Turk, G (2014) Pense Bête. LARM Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark, 11 April - 17 May 2014. [Exhibition]


Smiley cup (2003)
exhibition

Turk, G (2014) Smiley cup (2003). In: Lifelike, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, USA, 5 February - 18 May 2014. [Exhibition]


Painted bronze III (2004)
exhibition

Turk, G (2014) Painted bronze III (2004). In: Sculpture Show, Patricia Low Contemporary, St. Moriz, Switzerland, 8 February - 16 March 2014. [Exhibition]


Identity crisis (1994)
exhibition

Turk, G (2014) Identity crisis (1994). In: Paparazzi! Photographers, Stars and Artists, Centre Pompidou Metz, France, 28 February - 9 June 2014. [Exhibition]


Vestige
exhibition

Turk, G (2014) Vestige. Fondation Frances, Senlis, France, 7 February - 17 May 2014. [Exhibition]


100 years
exhibition

Turk, G (2014) 100 years. In: Paper, Smac Gallery, Capetown, South Africa, 24 January - 9 March 2014. [Exhibition]


Seven Billion Two Hundred and One Million Nine Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand and Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight
exhibition

Turk, G (2014) Seven Billion Two Hundred and One Million Nine Hundred and Sixty-Four Thousand and Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight. The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, UK, 25 January - 21 April 2014. [Exhibition]


Camouflage Elvis blue (2006) & Ghost pop (2012)
exhibition

Turk, G (2014) Camouflage Elvis blue (2006) & Ghost pop (2012). In: Post Pop: East Meets West, Saatchi Gallery, London, 26 November 2014 - 23 February 2015. ISBN 9780993095405 [Exhibition]


Gavin Turk: The Years
exhibition

Turk, G (2013) Gavin Turk: The Years. Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK, 26 April - 14 June 2013. [Exhibition]


Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion
exhibition

Turk, G and Chalayan, H (2012) Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion. V&A Museum, London, UK, 6 July - 29 July 2012. ISBN 9781861543271 [Exhibition]


Rotor rings
exhibition

Turk, G (2012) Rotor rings. In: What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me, The Fine Art Society Contemporary, New Bond Street, London, 10 October-5 November 2014. [Exhibition]


Something Like This
exhibition

Turk, G (2010) Something Like This. Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul, 18 November - 12 December 2010. [Exhibition]


Les bikes du bois rond
exhibition

Turk, G (2010) Les bikes du bois rond. In: Fleet: Art in the Haven Ports, Suffolk, UK, July 2010. [Exhibition]


En face
exhibition

Turk, G (2010) En face. In: Distortion, part of the 53rd Venice Biennale, Gervasuti Foundation, Venice, Italy, 7 June - 22 November 2009. ISBN 9788496159891 [Exhibition]


Me as Him
exhibition

Turk, G (2007) Me as Him. Riflemaker, London, 3 July - 1 September 2007. ISBN 9780955372810 [Exhibition]


The Font Project
exhibition

Turk, G (2006) The Font Project. Fine Art Society, London, UK, 4 October - 2 November 2006. [Exhibition]


Last Year in Eggenberg (The Paradise Show)
exhibition

Turk, G (2006) Last Year in Eggenberg (The Paradise Show). Landesmuseum Joanneum, Schloss Eggenberg, Graz, 22 June - 17 September 2006. ISBN 9783902095060 [Exhibition]


Subsistence
exhibition

Turk, G (2003) Subsistence. Galleri Veggerby, Copenhagen, 2003. [Exhibition]


Copper Jubilee
exhibition

Turk, G (2002) Copper Jubilee. New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK, 28 June - 1 September 2002. ISBN 0946652643 [Exhibition]


Gavin Turk: Collected Works 1994-1998
exhibition

Turk, G (1998) Gavin Turk: Collected Works 1994-1998. South London Gallery, London, 9 September - 18 October 1998. ISBN 0952269031 [Exhibition]


Gavin Turk
video

Turk, G (2006) Gavin Turk. [Film/video]


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