Spanning almost three decades, ‘Who What When Where How and Why’ will showcase works from throughout the artist’s career, many exhibited together for the first time.
Turk’s work focuses on the anti-hero, the recycling of art history, waste and refuse, the signature and the painted bronze. Tracing his early interest in themes pertaining to authorship, identity and the artist, the show features ‘Cave’, the now iconic blue plaque installation that was exhibited in Turk’s Royal College of Art degree show in 1991. Works from the artist’s Signature series also feature alongside four life-sized figure sculptures, as well as painted bronze Rubbish pieces. Drawn entirely from Damien Hirst’s collection, other highlights include Turk’s re-imagining of Warhol’s Elvis screen prints, his ‘recycled’ Magritte self-portrait, Godot (1996), and the bronze Ariadne (2006–2014), which is based on de Chirico’s series of paintings of the statue.