World-leading contemporary artist to talk at Brookes

Monday, 21 March 2016


One of the world’s leading contemporary artists, Gavin Turk, will be giving a talk at Oxford Brookes on Tuesday (22 March) afternoon to students and members of staff.

The British born artist is known for having placed a bronze bin bag in a gallery. In 1991, Turk famously failed his Royal College Degree after presenting an empty white studio space containing a blue heritage plaque commemorating his presence ‘Gavin Turk worked here 1989-91'. This only just established the notorious artist even further into his career, catching the attention of Charles Saatchi and was even included in several Young British Artists exhibitions.

These projects can now be understood to have been massively influential in shifting contemporary thought.

Turk’s work has since been collected and exhibited in museums worldwide, including Tate and the Museum of Modern Art. He was commissioned to make several public sculptures including Nail, a 12-meter sculpture at One New Change, next to St Paul’s cathedral in London, which was publically unveiled in 2011. In 2013 Prestel published Turk’s first major monograph, showcasing more than two decades of his work and in 2014 Trolley Books published ‘This Is Not A Book About Gavin Turk’, which playfully explores themes associated with the artist’s work via thirty notable contributors. Most recently his interventional show, Wittgenstein’s Dream, wrapped up earlier last month at the Freud Museum in London.

His installations and sculptures often address the issues concerning with authorship, authenticity and identity of artwork. Turk’s engagement with this modernist, avant-garde debate stretches back to the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp.  

The lecture will take place from 12noon-1.00pm, in the John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre, Headington Campus.