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About Gavin Turk

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.

British, b. 1967, Guildford, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Who What When Where How and Why, Newport Street Gallery, London
2015
Gavin Turk - A Vision, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
2015
GAVIN TURK, "Yard", CCA Andratx Kunsthalle, Andratx
2013
Sculpture after Artschwager, David Nolan Gallery, New York
2013
Gavin Turk - L'Amour Fou, David Nolan Gallery, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Who What When Where How and Why, Newport Street Gallery, London
2016
Gavin Turk - GT, MARUANI MERCIER GALLERY, Knokke
2015
Gavin Turk - A Vision, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
2015
GAVIN TURK, "Yard", CCA Andratx Kunsthalle, Andratx
2013
Gavin Turk - L'Amour Fou, David Nolan Gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Summer Exhibition, Paul Stolper Gallery, London
2016
Plinth Gallery Pop-up, Plinth, London
2013
Sculpture after Artschwager, David Nolan Gallery, New York
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