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Ben Brown Fine Arts presents a major solo exhibition of Gavin Turk’s highly influential works to coincide with th e long - awaited publication of the first monograph of the artist. Entitled The Years\, to signify over two decades of remarkable output with deep er r esonances throughout art history\, the exhibition features a number of wo rks that have never been shown before in the UK\, as well as new pieces ins pired by the distinct methods and styles of two 20th Century Italian master s: Lucio Fontana and Michelangelo Pistoletto.

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Turk’s artworks frequentl y bear his own name or image but also refer to the works of artists before him. He paradoxically began his career with a blue heritage plaque announci ng his own demise and posthumous recognition\, but his subsequent work has drawn on art - historical icons to play with the idea of various reincarnat ions. Among the most recognisable on display is Triple Pop Black and Wh ite (2011)\, a variant o n Turk’s famous waxwork Pop (1993)\, in which the artist portrays himself as Sid Vicious in the gunslinging pos e of Warhol’s ‘ Elvis ’ . In this latest work\, Turk’s appropriation of War hol comes full circle with the use of the same silkscreen process. By contr ast\, Oscar II (2000)\, a curious bust of Turk with a shotgun nos e and bulging eggs for eyes\, draws on the figure in Magritte’s L’ellip se .

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Symbolising life\, creation and originality\, eggs recur in n ew works inspired by Fontana’s buchi (‘holes’) and tagli (‘slashes’) series . Turk’s ovoid canvases are punctured with painstaking p recision to spell his initials \, as part of his on - going exploration of process and authorship. Similarly\, b roken egg shells fixed to a canvas sp ell out Turk’s signature in One Thousand\, Two Hundred and Thirty - Fou r Eggs (1997). O n the surface the work is a statem ent of artistic id entity\, but it also acknowledges its debt to Belgian Surrealist Marcel Bro odthaers and the textured white canvasses of Manzoni’s ‘Achrome’ paintings.

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 At the exhibition Turk will also premier e a new work inspired by the defining ‘Mirror Paintings’ Pistoletto began in the Sixties. Pistolett o’s Rubbish (2013) cleverly fuses the highly polished surfaces associa ted with the Italian master with a silkscreened im age of Turk’s own iconic bi n bag sculptures. This latest work adds another layer of illusion to th e artist’s subversion of the rules of commercial art. Turk pioneered a new British trompe l’oeil when he first began casting bronze sculptures that he then painted to look like ephemera or urban waste. While Refuse (2012) is an exquisitely detailed sculpture that resembles a bin bag\, Habitat (Z ingy Purple) (2004) and Burnt Out (2008) make provocative ref erence s to sleeping rough.

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< span style="font-size: small\;">Over the past 25 years\, Turk has solidifie d a reputation for challenging notions of value and the myth of artistic in tegrity. Th e exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts runs from 26 April to 14 Ju ne 2013 and surveys with acuity over two decades of i nfluential a nd signi ficant work . It will accompany a monograph of the artist published by Pres tel on 26 April . Featuring numerous colour illustrations\, this impressive vol ume includes Turk’s major works since the early 1990s\, an original es say by Iain Sinclair \, contex tu alizing the artist’s work under t he umbr ella of psycho - geography – including the impact of London on Turk’s perso nae – and an introductory essay by Judith Collins.

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Gavin Turk was born 1967 in Guildford and went to the Royal College of Art in London. In his MA exhibition show\, Cave (1991)\, he presented a w hitewashed studio space containing only a blue heritage plaque commemoratin g his presence. Though refused a degree\, his subs equent notoriety attract ed the attention of Charles Saatchi and he became part of a loosely associa ted group known as the ‘Young British Artists’ (YBAs). He has since been re presented by many major galleries throughout the world and is known for pio neering many forms of contemporary British sculpture now taken for granted\ , including the painted bronze\, the waxwork\, the recycled art - historica l icon and the use of rubbish in art. He was recently commissioned to make several public sculptures including Nail (2011) \, a 12 - metre sc ulpture next to St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London.

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Gavin Turk Monograph Launch: Thursday 25 April\, 5-6pm

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