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Gavin Turk, b.1967

Gavin Turk Right Hand and Forearm1992

Gavin Turk produced this print for The London Group Portfolio, a portfolio of prints by eleven artists which was published by The Paragon Press in 1992. There is no thematic link between the works or the artists in the portfolio other than the fact that they were based in London at that time. Turk had taken a series of photographs of his own arm, hand, leg, torso and head in flasks of water. He used one of these images to produce a screenprint for the portfolio and had his arm re-photographed by photographer Sue Omerod. The artist’s hand and forearm are magnified by the glass and water and initially it appears as though the artist’s arm is literally preserved as a specimen. This piece could be read as a playful comment on the value placed on the ‘artist’s hand’ by institutions such as museums which preserve and catalogue the work of artists, the exaggeration of scale corresponding to the exaggeration of the importance of the artist. ‘Other Men’s Flowers’ is a portfolio of textual works by 15 leading British based artists. Commissioned by Joshua Compston in 1994, works in the portfolio are restricted to letterpress printing and a standard scale of 47 x 61 cms. The title ‘Other Men’s Flowers’ is taken from a quote by French Renaissance writer Montaigne “I have gathered a garland of other men’s flowers and nothing is mine but the cord that binds them.”

MediumSix-colour screenprint with varnish on paper
Dimensions Unframed, 86 x 70.5 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 1995
Item NumberL.720.009 LW
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Gavin Turk, Gavin Turk Right Hand and Forearm, 1992, Six-colour screenprint with varnish on paper, Unframed, 86 x 70.5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 1995

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Gavin Turk b.1967

British artist Gavin Turk attended Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Turk’s installation and sculptural works consider ideas of authorship, authenticity and the elevated role of the artist as propagated by the art world. Turk has completed a number of public sculpture commissions and has exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at David Nolan Gallery, New York; Ben Brown Gallery, London; Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna and Galerie Almine Rech, Paris.

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