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Gavin Turk

St Sebastian, 2018

Rhino: fibreglass rhino (fire retardant) with internal armature Finish: Bronze Paint Patina
57 9/10 × 74 4/5 × 23 3/5 in
147 × 190 × 60 cm
This is a unique work.
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Tusk Benefit Auction

Gavin Turk is a contemporary sculptor known for his ironic approach towards issues of authorship in …

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Gavin Turk
British, b. 1967
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Gavin Turk, one of Britain's infamous Young British Artists, is drawn to ideas about originality, self-obsession, and the nature of authentic expression. In paintings, photographs, sculpture, and video installations, Turk explores how particular pieces of art achieve masterpiece status and how artists themselves become celebrities. Mining diverse sources, from art history to popular culture, Turk examines the value structure inherent in the creative process. Joseph Beuys, Jackson Pollock, Elvis Presley, and Andy Warhol are among the celebrity artists who have captured Turk’s imagination. In a 2009 installation, Turk, sardonically questioning the value of an individual artist’s signature style, presented a series of abstract paintings that looked just like Pollock’s work. On close inspection, one discovers that the paintings are constructed not from dripped paint, but rather from layers of Turk’s painted signature.

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Gavin Turk is a contemporary sculptor known for his ironic approach towards issues of authorship in art. Often employing everyday objects or manufactured items, his works deal with issues of identity, especially those pertaining to an artist's name and signature.
Gavin Turk's statue of a rhino painted to look …

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Sculpture
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Signed
Image rights
Courtesy of the artist and Tusk.
Gavin Turk
British, b. 1967
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Gavin Turk, one of Britain's infamous Young British Artists, is drawn to ideas about originality, self-obsession, and the nature of authentic expression. In paintings, photographs, sculpture, and video installations, Turk explores how particular pieces of art achieve masterpiece status and how artists themselves become celebrities. Mining diverse sources, from art history to popular culture, Turk examines the value structure inherent in the creative process. Joseph Beuys, Jackson Pollock, Elvis Presley, and Andy Warhol are among the celebrity artists who have captured Turk’s imagination. In a 2009 installation, Turk, sardonically questioning the value of an individual artist’s signature style, presented a series of abstract paintings that looked just like Pollock’s work. On close inspection, one discovers that the paintings are constructed not from dripped paint, but rather from layers of Turk’s painted signature.

Gavin Turk

St Sebastian, 2018

Rhino: fibreglass rhino (fire retardant) with internal armature Finish: Bronze Paint Patina
57 9/10 × 74 4/5 × 23 3/5 in
147 × 190 × 60 cm
This is a unique work.
Bidding closed
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