Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk is a London based artist whose work deals with issues of identity and authenticity and avant-garde theories around the myth of the artist and authorship of art. While at the Royal College of Art he famously failed his MA for exhibiting a blue heritage plaque, usually a feature on historic buildings in the UK, simply stating “Gavin Turk worked here 1989 – 1991”. Turk is widely considered a member of the Young British Artists and his work featured in the infamous Sensation exhibition, hosted by Charles Saatchi in 1997. Turk has exhibited internationally at Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany and GEM Museum for Contemporary Art, The Hague as well as the Tate Modern and The Whitechapel Gallery in London. He participated in Distortion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. Turk was awarded the Jack Goldhill Sculpture Prize for his work Bag (2000) by the Royal Academy.

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