Gavin Turk (b. 1967)
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Gavin Turk (b. 1967)

Cave

Details
Gavin Turk (b. 1967)
Cave
signed and numbered 'Gavin Turk 1/3'; incised with the foundry mark and date 'F.R. x S.C. Ashworth cast 19.5.97' (on the reverse)
ceramic plaque
19 x 19 x 6 3/8in. (48.5 x 48.5 x 6cm.)
Executed in 1997, this work is number one from an edition of three
Provenance
Saatchi Collection, London.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
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Lot Essay

‘In England you always had to keep the fact that you are an artist a secret. It was something that you did on the side. I eventually went to the Royal College of Art and after two years I put up this blue heritage plaque, which said “Gavin Turk, Sculptor: worked here 1989–1991”, and I did not end up receiving my degree. The tussle over this work of art managed to get in the press. I don’t think I ever really decided I was an artist. I went to college to learn how to think and look at art. In the end, I developed a more sophisticated misunderstanding of art’
(G. Turk, quoted in S. Pulimood, ‘Talking Turk’, in Interview Magazine, 2009, http:/www.interviewmagazine.com/art/gavin-turk-jazzz#/_ [accessed 03 June 2016]).

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