TransArts – Transdisziplinäre Kunst
Künstler, London  Trompe-l’Œil
Dienstag, 29. November 2016 | 10 Uhr
Rustenschacherallee 2-4, 1020 Wien
23/11/16 – 19/3/17 Image: Flat Tyre, 2013
Turkʼs installations and sculptures deal with issues of authorship, authenticity and identity. Concerned with the ʻmythʼ of the artist and the ʻauthorshipʼ of a work, Turkʼs 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, ʻCaveʼ, consisted of a whitewashed studio space containing only a blue heritage plaque commemorating his presence ʻGavin Turk worked here 1989-91′. Gavin Turk will give a talk about his work, with particular emphasis on objet trouvé (the found object) and trompe lʼoeil (painted sculpture).
Gavin Turk (b 1967) 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. Instantly gaining notoriety through his final show installation ʻCaveʼ in 1991, Turk was spotted by Charles Saatchi and was included in several YBA exhibitions. Turk’s work has since been collected and exhibited by many major museums and galleries throughout the world. In 2013 Prestel published Turkʼs first major monograph, showcasing more than two decades of his work and in 2014 Trolley Books published ʻThis Is Not A Book About Gavin Turkʼ which playfully explores themes associated with the artistʼs work via thirty notable contributors. Turk has recently been commissioned to make several public sculptures including L’Âge d’Or (2016), sited on the south corner of the Press Centre building in the Olympic Park and Nail, a 12-meter sculpture at One New Change, next to St Paulʼs cathedral, London, England. Exhibitions 2016: Who What When Where How and Why, Newport Street Gallery, London (cat.); GT, Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery, Knokke, Belgium (cat.); Petroleum, Baldwin Gallery, USA; Water Biscuit, The Box, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
Newport Street Gallery
Who What When Where How and Why
Exhibition: 23 November – 19 March 2017
Newport Street London, SE11 6AJ
Newport Street Gallery will host the first major UK solo exhibition of work
by Gavin Turk since 2002. Spanning almost three decades of Turk’s career,
‘Who What When Where How and Why’ will run from
23rd November 2016 to 19th March 2017.
Spanning almost three decades, ‘Who What When Where How and Why’ will
showcase works from throughout the artist’s career, many exhibited
together for the first time.
Turk’s work focuses on the anti-hero, the recycling of art history, waste
and refuse, the signature and the painted bronze. Tracing his early interest
in themes pertaining to authorship, identity and the artist, the show
features ‘Cave’, the now iconic blue plaque installation that was exhibited in
Turk’s Royal College of Art degree show in 1991. Works from the artist’s
Signature series also feature alongside four life-sized figure sculptures, as
well as painted bronze Rubbish pieces. Drawn entirely from
Damien Hirst’s collection, other highlights include Turk’s re-imagining
of Warhol’s Elvis screen prints, his ‘recycled’ Magritte self-portrait, Godot (1996),
and the bronze Ariadne (2006–2014), which is based on de Chirico’s series
of paintings of the statue.
Hirst first saw Turk’s work at his Royal College degree show in 1991 and
began acquiring his work in 1998. On the occasion of the exhibition,
Turk said, “It is a massive compliment to have Damien as an artist,
collect my work on this scale, with such intelligence and then show it to
the public in this beautiful new gallery.” Hirst stated, “I started collecting
Gavin’s work twenty years ago. He’s an incredibly powerful artist, his
work is about language and the spaces between things – about identity
and being somebody and nobody, he plays with our preconceptions of what’s
there and not there, of what art is and how it functions. He’s had a major
impact on British art so it’s great to be able to show such an extensive
collection of his work at Newport Street.”
Newport Street Gallery is the realisation of Hirst’s long-term ambition to
share his extensive collection of art – which includes over 3,000 works –
with the public. The gallery was recently shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize,
the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize.


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