Gavin Turk - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 28, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Passage Charity Auction, November 1999, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    I think that the notions of irony and cynicism come into being with art but I think that they come into being in its philosophy, having a reflection on life. I think it’s important to have a sense of irony, a sense of detachment but it’s also important to have a simple sense of being as well. Maybe it could be lots of things at the same time. I’m hoping that my work has a sense of humour. It’s difficult because you have to try and find a balance… Ultimately you want to communicate certain thoughts and certain ideas, but for me I do enjoy making the things that I make. I enjoy some of the more pedantic elements of my work.
    (GavinTurk in conversation with David Osbaldestin)


Just Do It


Newspaper and PVC tape in two parts.

Each: 19 x 13 x 34 cm. (7 1/2 x 5 1/8 x 13 3/8 in).

Signed, titled and dated ‘GavinTurk Just do it 99’ on the underside of each shoe.

£5,000 - 8,000 ‡♠

Sold for £6,250

Contemporary Art Day Sale

29 Feb 2008, 2pm