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Ep.180 Gavin Turk - Ministry of Arts Podcast

Ministry of Arts Podcast

In this episode Gary Mansfield speaks to Gavin Turk (@thisisnotgavinturk) 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. Turk’s installations and sculptures deal with issues of authorship, authenticity and identity. Concerned with the ‘myth’ of the artist and the ‘authorship’ of a work, Turk’s 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, ‘Cave’, consisted of a whitewashed studio space containing only a blue heritage plaque commemorating his presence ‘Gavin Turk worked here 1989-91'. Instantly gaining notoriety through this installation, 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.  Kensington + Chelsea Art Week (KCAW) is delighted to present its fifth annual Public Art Trail. West London will be brought to life with vibrant and immersive public art, free for all to enjoy for the duration of the summer. Opening on 18 June, the Public Art Trail will feature world-class sculpture, installations and exhibits throughout the borough. For more information on the Kensington + Chelsea Art Week go to https:// www.kcaw.co.uk | @kcawlondon To Support this podcast from as little as £3 per month: www.patreon/ministryofarts For full line up of confirmed artists go to https://www.ministryofarts.org Email: ministryofartsorg@gmail.com Social Media: @ministryofartsorg Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 1min

3 Jul 2022

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08/01/2017 | Gavin Turk


On this edition of the Art Hour, Vassiliki Tzanakou and Jon Sharples are joined by artist Gavin Turk


5 Sep 2021

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Gavin Turk’s: Che GAVara

Comedians on Art

In the seventh episode of Comedians on Art hosts Graeme Collard and Emily Kennedy-Barnes speak to comedian Carl Carzana about Gavin Turk’s Che GAVara screen prints. Follow Comedians on Art on our socials! Facebook Twitter Instagram


1 Sep 2021

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4: Episode 4 - Gavin Turk & Deborah Curtis

Mik Artistik's Ego Podcast

For episode 4 of Mik Artistik’s Ego Podcast, Mik chats to husband and wife Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis.  Gavin is an artist who rose to public prominence during the Young British Artist movement in the 1990’s alongside Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, and Racheal Whiteread. Deborah is the founder and creative director of the creative arts organization ‘ The House of Fairy Tales’, producing arts adventures for children and young people.  Mik got a little bit lost in the rain trying to find Gavin & Deborah’s place, and they kindly gave him a fabulous blue painting jacket to wear while his own coat was dried! Mik, Gavin and Deborah sat together (in a socially distanced manner) and chatted about expensive tulips, the power of peat, the birth of HipHop and juggling being a married couple with art projects and childcare!  You can follow both Gavin and Deborah on socials to keep up with all their current projects: Websites :gavinturk.com  houseoffairytales.org www.thegreatimagining.org Facebook @gavinturkish Instagram @thisisnotgavinturk

1hr 14mins

24 May 2021

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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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Maeve Doyle's Private View

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.

1hr 17mins

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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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  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more 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. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.


24 Jun 2017