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Secret 7"

Secret 7” has been blessed to have some of the world’s biggest artists create original record sleeves for our exhibitions, the contemporary British sculptor Gavin Turk is one of them. Here he discusses the intrinsic link of music and art, the time when David Bowie kept calling him up and gives away some big clues to his anonymous contribution to this year’s show.


5 Oct 2020

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The Gallery with Gavin Turk

A Private View with Maeve Doyle

On this episode of the newest season ‘The Art World’, Maeve looks at the Gallery, featuring interviews with YBA Gavin Turk, London-based art dealer and curator and founder of the JD Malat Gallery, Jean David Malat, and Mimi Thompson Rosenquist, former gallery manager at Leo Castelli where she met her husband, artist James RosenquistTo listen to more of A Private View with Maeve Doyle listen live every Tuesday and Friday, 10 to 11am on Soho Radio's Culture channel at www.sohoradiolondon.com/player/culture. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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10 Jul 2020

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It’s Gavin Turk MAIR45

Modern Art is Rubbish

Gavin Turk is a British Artist who was born in 1967. His work deals with questions like authorship value, and what it is to be an artist. Cave 1991 Cave 1991 This work is a blue plaque that has “Gavin Turk Sculptor worked here 1989-1991 Borough of Kensington.” It based on the Heritage blue plaques seen on buildings around England. Normally to commemorate people who have a lifetime of work behind them, Turk’s work playfully inserts himself into art history, when he was just starting out. The Royal College of Art was not impressed and refused to offer him his master’s degree. Me Myself and I As well as several silk screen works, he has made several waxworks of himself in different guises. He may appear as a Queens Guard in a bright red uniform, or a tramp. He also created waxworks of himself as famous cultural icons such as Che Guavra. POP 1993 Pop 1993 This is a life-size waxwork of the artist made to look like the Punk Rock Icon Sid Vicious. He is in the same gun-slinging pose that Elvis was famously shown in a work by Warhol.  The whole work is placed in a Glass Vitrine Display case.  Both Elvis and Vicious were stars that burned brightly, but ultimately self destructed. This piece it is a comment on the nature of celebrity, Sid vicious the hard living rebellious bass player in a punk band, now is reduced to a museum curiosity. Also with artist’s once they become part of the establishment, they are no longer the outsider and are part of system they once rebelled against. Death of Marat 1998 Death of Marat 1998 Placed in a rather grand looking wooden vitrine looking a bit like a 4 poster bed the artist has portrayed himself as Jean-Paul Marat in his bath. Marat was a revolutionary who was stabbed to death by a political assassin during the French Revolution. You can find out more by listening to our Baths Special episode here. Jaque Louis David Death of Marat The Spirit of Gavin Turk 1995 This is a small bronze self-portrait that looks a lot like an Oscar statue. It was meant to be awarded each year to an individual who captured the spirit of the Artist. The prize was launched in a pseudo-ceremony in 1994. The first winner was the artist Michael Craig- Martin. Turk never actually delivered the statue and it was never awarded it again. The Spirit of Gavin Turk Turk Love 2009 A print of the artists last name in the style of Robert Indiana’s Love. In many of his signed works, Turk questions to the value we place on objects. Once we know a work is by a famous artists, we view it differently and it takes on a different meaning for the viewer. Turk Love 2009Robert India Love Vulcan Worlds 2009 This is painting in the style of  Jackson Pollock style painting, it is created by the artists constantly writing his signature. Vulcan Worlds 2009 Box 2002 “Box” Is a bronze sculpture painted to loot like a cardboard packing box sealed with tape. Turk is very interested in the idea of taking something particularly that might look like a discarded object and placing it back in a gallery setting. Box 2002 NOMAD 2003 Painted bronze “Nomad” is a bronze cast of figure curled up in a dirty sleeping bag, you cannot see the person’s head. It looks as though it would be occupied by a homeless sleeper. By putting this work in the gallery it forces the viewer to look at it and think about the plight of the homeless, a sight that some may ignore if seen on the street. Nomad 2003 Transubstantiation 2017 This was a piece which was show at the Skip gallery (a rubbish skip) a temporary gallery space  on a street in London.  In the skip was a single art work. It was a brown paper bag, painted to look like an empty bag of prawn cocktail flavoured crisps called Skips.The work is called Transubstantiation, this refers to the conversion of bread and wine into the flesh and blood of Christ. The shape of the crisps reminded Turk of communion bread. Transubstantiation 2017 Gavin Turks Transubstantiation piece onsite. Lucy Delano We talked about a couple of works created by the artist Lucy Delano on the show. ‘Schrödinger’s Art Sweet MAFA The post It’s Gavin Turk MAIR45 appeared first on .


2 Dec 2019

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Gavin Turk

Talk Art

Robert & Russell meet leading artist Gavin Turk. They discuss tailored suits, artist persona, veganism and a lifetime interest in the surreal form of an egg. We explore Turk's iconic early works including four antiqued mirror cubes in 'Robert Morris Untitled 1965-72' (1990) and the iconic 'Cave' (1991) an ‘historical blue plaque’ to commemorate work done by the artist during his time at the Royal College of Art, as well as a 'Tea Stain' (2004) edition that Russell gifted to Robert on his 30th birthday. This episode is released on the same day as Turk unveils a giant new bronze sculpture 'Oeuvre (Verdigris)' at Somerset House, in London on the River Walk. In association with Photo London, the artist is simultaneously inviting the global art community to upload and contribute their own ‘Portrait of An Egg’ to be exhibited at the fair. With spooky synchronicity this years social media phenomena has been ’The World Record Egg’ so this ambitious art collaboration is opening up ideas around social media, memes and the global obsession with recording the world photographically through our phones. You can submit your egg images until early May at https://www.gavinturkegg.art/ Happy Easter holidays everyone, egg-citing times! Please leave us a review and rating if you’ve enjoyed this episode! For images of all works discussed in this episode, visit our Instagram @TalkArt See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


18 Apr 2019

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Il Terzo Giorno - La mostra a Parma

Didi Bozzini racconta Gavin Turk.Le sue opere sono al Piano 2, in Sala 4 (Palazzo del Governatore).La mostra Il Terzo Giorno è a Parma fino al 1° luglio.Guarda questa e altre 116 opere di 40 grandi artisti a Parma, Palazzo del Governatore, fino al 1° luglio. http://www.ilterzogiorno.itNote BiograficheGavin Turk, nato nel 1967, rappresenta una figura preminente all’interno della generazione di artisti a lui contemporanei, pioniere in molte forme di scultura tra cui il bronzo dipinto, la cera, i riferimenti “distorti” al passato artistico e l’uso dei rifiuti nell’arte.Le installazio- ni e sculture di Turk contemplano i concetti di autorialità, autenticità e identità. E’ sensibile al tema del “mito” dell’artista e della paternità dell’opera. Diventa celebre nel 1991 per la sua tesi di diploma al Royal College of Art con l’opera denominata “Cave” che consiste solamente in una stanza imbiancata contenente una targa commemorativa “Gavin Turk ha lavorato qui 1989-91”. Immediatamente guadagna notorietà e viene incluso in numerose esibizioni degli Young British Artists. Le sue opere sono da allora collezionate ed esposte nei più importanti musei e gallerie del mondo.Turk è stato recentemente incaricato di realizzare sculture pubbliche tra cui “L'Âge d'Or” (2016), situata nell’ala sud del Press Centre Building nell’ Olympic Park, e “Nail”, una scultura di dodici metri situata al One New Change di Londra a fianco della St. Paul’s Cathedral.


29 Apr 2018

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001 – Art for Breakfast with Gavin Turk

Soho House Stories

Artist Gavin Turk joins Charlie Hall for this first episode of Art for Breakfast. Turk, a trailblazing Young British Artist, is known for his exploration of authorship, authenticity and identity. Following his recent solo show 'Who What When Where How & Why’ at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, Turk discusses the exhibition, his career so far and plans for the future. Art for Breakfast is a regular Soho House series in which guests from the art world join Charlie Hall for conversation and breakfast.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


24 Jun 2017

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Gavin Turk on the Value of Art

Start the Week

On Start the Week Lisa Jardine talks to the artist Gavin Turk about the construction of artistic myth and the question of authorship and authenticity. The rare book dealer Rick Gekoski searches for lost treasures amid tales of theft, forgery and destruction, while the curator Paul Roberts reveals the life and culture preserved in the volcanic devastation of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The everyday object - a table - is at the centre of Tanya Ronder's new play of belonging, identity and inheritance.Producer: Katy Hickman.


29 Apr 2013

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Barbara Moore; Tony Banks; Donald McRae; Gavin Turk


Libby Purves is joined by artists Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis; Falklands veteran Tony Banks; writer Donald McRae and composer and arranger Barbara Moore.Barbara Moore is a composer, arranger and singer and former member of the Sixties backing group, the Ladybirds. Barbara, who turned eighty this year, is credited with re-orchestrating Alan Freeman's 'Pick of the Pops' theme tune as well working with many artists from Elton John to Dudley Moore, Sandy Shaw and Adam Faith. Tony Banks served with the Parachute Regiment in the Falklands War. To mark the 30th anniversary of the conflict, he has published his memoir, 'Storming the Falklands' in which he tells of his war and its aftermath. The book describes how he went back to the Falklands to help him come to terms with his experiences and how he returned a trumpet to an Argentine soldier which he had taken as a war trophy. 'Storming the Falklands - My War and After' is published by Little Brown.Donald McRae is a sports writer and author and the only two-time winner of the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Born in South Africa in 1961, he grew up under the apartheid regime with his parents and sister. He left the country in 1984 to avoid military service which brought him into conflict with his parents. His memoir 'Under Our Skin' is based on these experiences and is published by Little Brown.Artists Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis set up 'The House of Fairy Tales', an arts charity which came out of their own passion to make art engaging for children. Their new project, the Mystery of the Hidden League and the Misplaced Museum is a story-based adventure trail and interactive installation at Hall Place, Bexley, Kent.Producer: Paula McGinley.


4 Apr 2012

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Gavin Turk’s ‘Les Bikes du Bois Rond’

The Bike Show Podcast

Tim Dawson joins artist Gavin Turk on the first of two rides in the East Anglian countryside. Plus a detailed look at the Mayor of London’s new cycle hire bikes, with Transport for London’s Gary McGowan, technical adviser to the … Continue reading →

14 Jul 2010

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Bad at Sports Episode 69: Gavin Turk

Bad at Sports

Duncan and Richard interview art superstar Gavin Turk!!!As set forth in Wikipedia:Gavin Turk (born 1967) is a British artist and one of theYoung British Artists (YBAs). He often uses his own image in life-sizesculptures of famous people.He was born in Guildford, near London, and went to the Royal College of Art.However, in 1991, the tutors refused to give him the final degree because ofhis show, called Cave, which consisted of a whitewashed studio space,containing only a blue heritage plaque (of the kind normally found on historicbuildings) commemorating his own presence as a sculptor. This bestowed someinstant notoriety on Turk, whose work was collected by Charles Saatchi. His work often involves his own image disguised as thatof a famous person. He has cast himself in a series of detailed life sizedsculptures as different romantic heroes, including Sid Vicious, Jean-Paul Maratand Che Guevara. Pop, a waxwork model of Turk as Sid Vicious, in white jacketand black trousers, pointing a handgun (appropriating the stance of AndyWarhol's painting of Elvis Presley as a cowboy), was part of the 1997 Sensationexhibition which toured London, Berlin and New York. A set of what appeared to be classic posters ofChe Guevara in a beret, revealed themselves on further scrutiny to be photos ofTurk in the same pose. Ambiguity features throughout his work. What appeared tobe a discarded plastic rubbish bag was in fact a bronze sculpture of one. Alarge industrial skip (normally yellow, battered and with rust) was painted animmaculate gloss black. He turned up at the private view of the Sensationexhibition at the solemn Royal Academy, London,dressed as a down-and-out.


24 Dec 2006