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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

In conversation with Gavin Turk: Iain Sinclair and Ossian Ward = 17 May. Jarvis Cocker and Miranda Sawyer = 24 May.

Gavin Turk

Essays by Judith Collins and Iain Sinclair
Hardback with jacket • 24.5 x 29 cm
ISBN: 978-3-7913-4834-6
400 pages with 450 colour illustrations
 Publication by Prestel: 26 April 2013

From the 90’s and for years, I joined the Time Out team (in subscription only), worshipped it and read it as my unique weekly bible. On my return to London Village, TO had drastically lost weight but somehow kept a good shape.
At the same time, the YBA seemed to have been called such a name as they were probably not meant to last: the Young British Artists term won’t age well despite these artists ambition. These enfants terribles, who refused to be shaped by the stuffed iron “lady”, shaped the London scene when London forged them and gave a unique platform to change the art world worldwide. Today, we could call them the Wild British Artists as 2013 has already shown exhibitions in London of Sarah Lucas, Tracy Emin, Rachel Whiteread and Gavin Turk.
Gavin Turk, the man who hangs his moustache in a tree of a Cologne park for “safe keeping” = p 95. Lucky Kunst. The rise and fall of Young British Artists. Gregor Muir. Pink Cover book.
Gavin Turk who signs his name on an egg shells. At present in Ben Brown Fine Arts, W1.
Gavin Turk as Sid Vicious pointing a gun as depicted by Warhol’s Presley, singing ‘My Way’.
Gavin Turk as Ché Guevara. Gavin Turk and his bronze cast’s sleeping bag "Nomad".
Gavin Turk and his 12-metre rusty nail stuck into a City of London pavement.
Gavin Turk, the Royal College of Art student who dared commemorate his own presence as a sculptor with a blue English Heritage plaque stating “Borough of Kensington / Gavin Turk / Sculptor / Worked Here 1989-1991.” set in an empty whitewashed studio space titled Cave. Although Turk was denied his MA for his degree show presentation, the piece brought him critical acclaim and academic notoriety in equal measure. It was bought by Charles Saatchi and presented in the Royal Academy’s influential exhibition ‘Sensation’ (1997). Since then, Turk’s work has been included in many seminal exhibitions including POPLIFE show at Tate Modern (2009) 49th Venice Biennale (2001), 6th International Istanbul Biennial (1999). Recent exhibitions have included The Perfect Place to Grow – 175 Years of The Royal College of Art, Royal College of Art, London, En Face, CAC Malaga, Spain, Burnt Out, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland, GEM Museum for Contemporary Art, The Hague, The Netherlands. His work is in many major international museums and collections.
20 years on, Gavin Turk continues to question the nature and values of authorship, authenticity and identity through his thoughtful and visually striking work. His work has even more resonance to me today after spending years in Latin America where young contemporary artists share the same problematic for enduring years of dictatorship and trying to make sense of who they are within their capital and “emerging” country.

Gavin Turk. Essays by Judith Collins and Iain Sinclair. Hardback with jacket. 400 pages with 450 colour illustrations. Publication by Prestel. 26 April 2013. Assembled under the artist’s direction, this long awaited monograph on the work of Gavin Turk showcases more than two decades of significant and influential artworks.
The publication of the book will be marked by an exhibition, Gavin Turk: The Years, at Ben Brown Fine Art. Turk will also discuss ideas in the book with Iain Sinclair and Time Out Art Editor Ossian Ward at the V&A on Friday 17 May and with Jarvis Cocker and Miranda Sawyer as part of the London Literature Festival on 24 May.
Featuring numerous colour illustrations, this impressive volume includes Turk’s major works since the early 1990s, an original essay by Iain Sinclair contextualizing the artist’s work under the umbrella of psycho-geography, including the impact of London on Turk’s personae, and an introductory essay by Judith Collins.
Gavin Turk presents...
About the Authors
Judith Collins is an international authority on sculpture and the author of numerous books along with several exhibition catalogues. She is currently working on monographs on Alison Wilding and Eduardo Paolozzi.
Iain Sinclair is a British writer and filmmaker. His novel Downriver won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He is also the author of numerous books including London Orbital turned into a film with Chris Petit.
Special Edition: There will be a special boxed edition of 50 with screen print, signed and numbered by the artist.
Gavin Turk Events:
- Victoria & Albert Museum. 6.30pm. Friday 17 May. Gavin Turk will be in conversation with Iain Sinclair, chaired by Time Out Art Editor Ossian Ward.
- London Literary Festival, 7pm, Friday 24 May, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre. Gavin Turk will be in conversation with Jarvis Cocker, chaired by Miranda Sawyer, as part of the London Literature Festival.
Exhibition: Gavin Turk/The Years. Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brook’s Mews, London, W1K 4DG. Free entrance. Untill 14 June 2013.

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