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Gavin Turk on the Value of Art

Lisa Jardine discusses art, loss and identity with Gavin Turk, Tanya Ronder, Rick Gekoski and Paul Roberts.

On Start the Week Lisa Jardine talks to the artist Gavin Turk about the construction of artistic myth and the question of authorship and authenticity. The rare book dealer Rick Gekoski searches for lost treasures amid tales of theft, forgery and destruction, while the curator Paul Roberts reveals the life and culture preserved in the volcanic devastation of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The everyday object - a table - is at the centre of Tanya Ronder's new play of belonging, identity and inheritance.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

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43 minutes

Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk is an artist.


A new monograph, Gavin Turk, with essays by Judith Collins and Iain Sinclair, is published by Prestel.


His exhibition, Gavin Turk: The Years, is at Ben Brown Fine Arts in London until 14 June.


Gavin Turk


Gavin Turk - Ben Brown Fine Arts

Tanya Ronder

Tanya Ronder is a playwright.


Table runs at The Shed, National Theatre until 18 May.


The Shed, National Theatre

Rick Gekoski

Rick Gekoski is a writer, rare book dealer, broadcaster and academic.


Lost, Stolen or Shredded: Stories of Missing Works of Art and Literature is published by Profile Books.


Rick is giving a talk about our fascination with lost art at Kings Place in London on Monday 29 April at 7.00pm.


Rick Gekoski

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts is a senior curator in the Department of Greece and Rome and is head of the Roman collections at the British Museum.


Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum is on at the British Museum until 29 September.


Paul Roberts


British Museum


Role Contributor
Producer Katy Hickman
Producer Katy Hickman
Editor Rebecca Stratford
Editor Rebecca Stratford