On my radar: Gavin Turk’s cultural highlights

By Imogen Carter

The British artist on east London's Institute of Light cinema, Michael Clark's Bowie tribute and Jarvis Cocker's flair for radio

Artist Gavin Turk, 49, found fame in the 1990s as a key figure in the Young British Artist (YBA) movement. Born in 1967 and raised in Surrey, he studied at the Royal College of Art but was refused his postgraduate degree because his final show, Cave, comprised a whitewashed studio featuring a single blue heritage plaque that read: “Gavin Turk, sculptor, worked here 1989-1991.” This brought him to the attention of influential collectors including Charles Saatchi. He has since won international acclaim for his sculptures and installations exploring authenticity and the myth of the artist. Pop, a life-size waxwork of himself as Sid Vicious, is a case in point. Fellow YBA Damien Hirst began acquiring Turk's work in 1998 and will present Who What When Where How and Why, Turk's first solo exhibition since 2002, at his Newport Street Gallery, London SE11, from 23 November to 19 March 2017.

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