Gavin Turk
Study for Window 1991–3

Artwork details

Gavin Turk born 1967
Study for Window
Date 1991–3
Medium Paper, felt, leather, cotton, glass, wood, metal and paint
Dimensions Object: 1110 x 1113 x 560 mm
Acquisition Purchased 2010
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1990

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.’

September 2016

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