It's in the Bag (2001)
Edition of 100
Six colour lithograph. Printed on BFK Rives 270 gsm.
76 x 56 cm (30 x 22 in)
Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist.
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Though much of Turk's musing takes place among the hallowed halls of the art gallery and museum, he has not overlooked the ordinary stuff of life - in particular the everyday materials and images of the urban street scene. In 1996 he submitted a huge, oversized black skip to the 'Material Culture' show at the Hayward Gallery in London; for the Royal Academy's opening of 'Sensation', he arrived in disguise as a dishevelled tramp; and most famously he made a blue heritage plaque as the only work for his MA show in 1991 which read: 'Borough of Kensington, GAVIN TURK, Sculptor, worked here 1989-1991'. For Counter Editions, Turk has created a wistful lithograph of that most ubiquitous of objects - the black plastic bin bag. In choosing such a throwaway subject Turk could be seen to be making an irreverent gesture towards the medium of lithography and its conservative traditions. Yet in the soft colouring and subtle washes of ink, he shows a kind of sweet, humorous respect for this humble, everyday form.
Challenging notions of authorship and the institution of art, Gavin Turk has reworked many of the iconic works of modern art. This journey of appropriation has included re-inventions of work by Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein, Pierre Manzoni and Andy Warhol. Turk's trip has been one of self-invention too, with the artist regularly taking on new guises, from Rene Magritte to pop anti-hero Sid Vicious. Though much of Turk's musing takes place among the hallowed halls of the art gallery and museum, he has not overlooked the ordinary stuff of life - in particular the everyday materials and images of the urban street scene.
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