Gavin Turk

Study for Window

1991–3

Artist
Gavin Turk born 1967
Medium
Paper, felt, leather, cotton, glass, wood, metal and paint
Dimensions
Object: 1110 x 1113 x 560 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2010
Reference
T13209

Not on display

Display caption

Created at the time of the first Gulf War in 1991, the title of this work refers to The Sun newspaper’s instruction to place the printed flag ‘in your window’. By placing a colour photograph of himself over the newspaper’s Union Jack front page and positioning it in a museum display case, Turk holds up a mirror to cultural values and priorities. For Turk the mode of display forms a key part of his work’s subject: ‘At what point does the frame start and stop? I’m trying to frame the frame.’

Gallery label, September 2016