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Almine Rech

Gavin Turk ha ha ha!

Nov 5 — Dec 23, 2005 | Paris
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“Gavin Turk was denied an MA certificate by the Royal College of Art in 1991. For his degree show he hung a fake English Heritage blue plaque on the wall that read: ‘Borough of Kensington Gavin Turk Sculptor Worked Here 1989-1991’, while his studio space remained conspicuously empty. By beginning his career with its metaphoric completion - in effect memorialising it - Turk announced his artistic programme: a critique of authorship and the myth of ‘the artist’ within the history of the European avant-garde.

In the early 1990s Turk made paintings based on his own signature: self-reflexive comments on the value of an artist’s name, as well as the authority of his own. With Piero Manzoni (1992), Turk plagiarised the Italian artist’s signature and then signed his own name to…

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Selected artworks

  • Gavin Turk,                                      Gentleman Jim, 2005

    Gavin Turk Gentleman Jim, 2005

    Automata and mixed media in a vitrine, 214 x 100 x 100 cm
  • Gavin Turk,                                      Duck Rabbit, 2005

    Gavin Turk Duck Rabbit, 2005

    Rabbit fur in fiberglass with oak blocks
    114 x 83 x 83 cm

  • Gavin Turk,                                      Painted bronze III, 2004/2006

    Gavin Turk Painted bronze III, 2004/2006

    Painted bronze
    28 x 23 x 6,5 cm

  • Gavin Turk,                                      Inside Outside, 2006

    Gavin Turk Inside Outside, 2006

    Painted bronze
    1,8 x 4,5 x 2,7 cm

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