Gavin Turk - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 12, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Contemporary Fine Art, Berlin

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, Contemporary Fine Arts, Gavin Turk Spare Change, March 1 - April 19, 2003; The Hague, GEM Museum of Contemporary Art, The Negotiation of Purpose, February 3 - May 20, 2007 and Grenoble, Magasin - Centre National D'Art Contemporain, June 3 - September 2, 2007

  • Literature

    L. Head, Gavin Turk (New Art up Close), London, 2004, pp. 36 & 37 (another example illustrated);

  • Catalogue Essay

    Gavin Turk continually investigates what it means to be an artist and many of his works deal with issues of authorship, authenticity and originality. Turk has made his own version of works by Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Marcel Broodthaers, Réné Magritte and Andy Warhol in works that both disguise the ‘real’ artist as well as reveal his horizon of influence. 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 the early 1990s, Turk has taken inspiration from the street, making sculptures of ordinary, everyday objects such as bin bags, sleeping bags or polystyrene coffee cups in bronze that is then painted to appear hyper-real. The works are wry and ironic, again underlining the way that an artist can transform an object’s value, and confer a canonical status to something that is literally ‘rubbish’ and usually overlooked.
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Painted bronze.
16 1/2 x 41 1/4 x 66 1/2 in. (41.9 x 104.8 x 168.9 cm).

£50,000 - 70,000 ≠♠†

Sold for £78,000

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm