Gavin Turk and Iain Sinclair at the V&A, London

Promotional image for Gavin Turk and Iain Sinclair
  • What:
    Evening events
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  • Where:
    Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre

EVENING TALK: Join leading contemporary artist Gavin Turk as he talks with the writer and filmmaker Iain Sinclair about his career.

Turk has created pioneering sculptures, installations and images that explore authorship, authenticity, and art history. This event is chaired by TimeOut critic Ossian Ward and coincides with the publication of a major new monograph on the artist.

18.30 – 19.30

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Iain contributes to book on Gavin Turk

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.

Gavin Turk rose to prominence in the early 1990s during the ‘Young British Artists’ phenomenon: an ambitious generation of artists with a flair for self-promotion. Turk’s thoughtful, visually striking work gained him a reputation as an artist who questioned the nature and values of authorship, authenticity and identity.

Turk was born in 1967 in Guildford, England and went to the Royal College of Art in London. In 1991 Turk was denied his MA for his degree show presentation, which consisted of an empty white studio with a blue English Heritage plaque installed, which simply bore the inscription “Borough of Kensington / Gavin Turk / Sculptor / Worked Here 1989-1991.”  The piece brought Turk 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).

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