Gavin TURK


Balancing blue biscuit after Man Ray, mix media, 2018



British artist Gavin Turk has pioneered many forms of contemporary sculpture including the painted bronze, the waxwork, the recycled art-historical icon, and the use of rubbish in art. What is real and what is a copy looks central in Turk’s work, as well as his interest for branding and advertising. Turk’s signature is ever-present in his work, ’a found object’ he considers as a material. An artist working with iconic images, he is also interested in the processes that transform a person into an icon, topic explored through those works in which he appears as another artist – as Yves Klein, as Manzoni, as Fontana, and as Jackson Pollock. At the core of Turk’s practice are issues of authorship, authenticity, and artist myth in direct line with avant-garde debate started by Marcel Duchamp. Turk rose to prominence in the early 1990s during the so-called 'young British artists' phenomenon: a wave of media interest provoked by an ambitious generation of artists with a flair for self-promotion.