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Gillian WEARING
Me As Weegee
2013
Framed bromide print
59 x 41 3/8 inches; 150 x 105 cm (unframed)
61 7/8 x 42 1/8 x 1 1/4 inches; 157.3 x 107 x 3.2 cm (framed)

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Gillian WEARING
Me as Cahun Holding a Mask of My Face
2012
framed bromide print
61 1/4 x 50 5/8 inches; 155.6 x 128.6 cm (framed)
58 1/2 x 47 1/2 inches; 149 x 120.5 cm (unframed)

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Gillian WEARING
Self Portrait at Twenty Seven Years Old
2012
digital c-print
77 x 14 1/2 in; 195.6 x 36.8 cm (unframed)
80 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches; 205 x 47 x 3.8 cm (framed)

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Gillian WEARING
Self Made
2010
color film with sound
84 min
Still of Lesley Robinson
Photo Credit Dean Rogers
© Self Made Prod. Ltd

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Gillian WEARING
Bully
2010
video for projection with sound
7 minutes, 55 seconds
STILL

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Gillian WEARING
Bully
2010
video for projection with sound
7 minutes, 55 seconds
STILL

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Installation view at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2012

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Gillian WEARING
Me as Warhol in Drag with Scar
2010
framed bromide print
59 7/8 x 48 inches; 152 x 122 cm (unframed)
62 1/4 x 51 1/4 inches; 158.1 x 130.2 cm (framed)

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Gillian WEARING
Me As Arbus
2008
bromide print
60 5/8 x 51 1/4 inches; 154 x 130.2 cm (framed)

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Gillian WEARING
Me as Mapplethorpe
2009
(based upon the Robert Mapplethorpe work: Self Portrait, 1988. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation)
bromide print
62 1/4 x 51 1/4 inches; 158 x 130.2 cm (framed)
59 x 48 inches; 150 x 122 cm (unframed)

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Gillian WEARING
Secrets and Lies
2009
video for monitor with sound
58 minutes, 56 seconds
Edition of 5; 2 AP
confessional booth installed dimensions: 96 x 69 x 97 inches; 243.8 x 175.3 x 246.4 cm
STILLS

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Gillian WEARING
Secrets and Lies
2009
video for monitor with sound
58 minutes, 56 seconds
Edition of 5; 2 AP
confessional booth installed dimensions: 96 x 69 x 97 inches; 243.8 x 175.3 x 246.4 cm

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Gillian WEARING
Jodie
2009
acrylic on masonite in custom frame, ink on paper, and photographs under glass
36 x 29 x 2 inches; 91.5 x 73.5 x 5 cm (closed)
36 x 57 7/8 x 1 inches; 91.4 x 147 x 2.5 cm (open)

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Gillian WEARING
Jodie
2009
acrylic on masonite in custom frame, ink on paper, and photographs under glass
36 x 29 x 2 inches; 91.5 x 73.5 x 5 cm (closed)
36 x 57 7/8 x 1 inches; 91.4 x 147 x 2.5 cm (open)

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GILLIAN WEARING
Family History
2006
video for projection, 35 min 32 sec; 16 mm film transferred to DVD for monitor, 2 min 52 sec

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GILLIAN WEARING
Family History
2006
video for projection, 35 min 32 sec; 16 mm film transferred to DVD for monitor, 2 min 52 sec

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GILLIAN WEARING
Snapshot
2005
7 videos for framed plasma screens
6 minutes, 55 seconds (loop)
overall installed dimensions: 143 1/3 x 393 3/4 inches; 3.64 x 10 m

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GILLIAN WEARING
Snapshot
2005
7 videos for framed plasma screens
6 minutes, 55 seconds (loop)
overall installed dimensions: 143 1/3 x 393 3/4 inches; 3.64 x 10 m

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Installation view at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2012

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GILLIAN WEARING
Self Portrait at Three Years Old
2004
Framed c-type print
71 5/8 x 48 inches;  182 x 122 cm

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GILLIAN WEARING
Self Portrait at 17 Years Old
2003
Framed c-type print
45 1/2 x 36 1/4 inches; 115.5 x 92 cm

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GILLIAN WEARING
Self Portrait as My Father Brian Wearing
2003
Framed black and white print
64 5/8 x 51 3/8 inches; 164 x 130.5 cm

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GILLIAN WEARING
Self Portrait as My Mother Jean Gregory
2003
Framed black and white print
59 x 51 5/8 inches; 150 x 131 cm

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GILLIAN WEARING
Trauma
2000
colour video with sound
30 minutes

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GILLIAN WEARING
Trauma
2000
colour video with sound
30 minutes


 

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Gillian WEARING
Self-portrait
2000
c-type color print
70 x 70 inches; 177.8 x 177.8 cm framed

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GILLIAN WEARING
Drunk
1999
three-channel black and white video for projection with sound
23 minutes


 

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GILLIAN WEARING
Theresa and Chris
1998
c-type colour prints
51 x 51 cm; 20 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches each

 

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GILLIAN WEARING
Theresa and Ben
1998
c-type colour prints
51 x 51 cm; 20 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches each

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GILLIAN WEARING
Sixty Minute Silence
1996
colour video projection with sound
60 minutes

 

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GILLIAN WEARING
Sixty Minute Silence
1996
colour video projection with sound
60 minutes
 

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GILLIAN WEARING
I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing
1995
colour projection with sound
dimensions variable
1 minute 49 seconds
 

 

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Gillian WEARING
Dancing in Peckham
1994
colour video with sound
 

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GILLIAN WEARING
Confess All On Video. Don’t Worry, You Will Be In Disguise. Intrigued? Call Gillian...
1994
colour video with sound
30 minutes
 

 

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GILLIAN WEARING
Confess All On Video. Don’t Worry, You Will Be In Disguise. Intrigued? Call Gillian...
1994
colour video with sound
30 minutes
 

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Installation view at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2012

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Gillian WEARING
Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say (Work towards world peace)
1992-3
c-print
59 3/4 x 41 7/8 inches; 151.8 x 106.4 cm (framed)
55 3/4 x 37 inches; 141.6 x 94 cm (unframed)
 

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Gillian WEARING
Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say (I've thought about being a gigolo but I'm worried about the health risk's!)
1992-3
c-print
59 3/4 x 41 7/8 inches; 151.8 x 106.4 cm (framed)
55 3/4 x 37 inches; 141.6 x 94 cm (unframed)
 

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Gillian WEARING
Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say (Best friends for life! Long live the two of us)
1992-3
c-print
59 3/4 x 41 7/8 inches; 151.8 x 106.4 cm (framed)
55 3/4 x 37 inches; 141.6 x 94 cm (unframed)
 

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Gillian WEARING
Me As Weegee
2013
Framed bromide print
59 x 41 3/8 inches; 150 x 105 cm (unframed)
61 7/8 x 42 1/8 x 1 1/4 inches; 157.3 x 107 x 3.2 cm (framed)

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Gillian WEARING
Me as Cahun Holding a Mask of My Face
2012
framed bromide print
61 1/4 x 50 5/8 inches; 155.6 x 128.6 cm (framed)
58 1/2 x 47 1/2 inches; 149 x 120.5 cm (unframed)

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Gillian WEARING
Self Portrait at Twenty Seven Years Old
2012
digital c-print
77 x 14 1/2 in; 195.6 x 36.8 cm (unframed)
80 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches; 205 x 47 x 3.8 cm (framed)

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Gillian WEARING
Self Made
2010
color film with sound
84 min
Still of Lesley Robinson
Photo Credit Dean Rogers
© Self Made Prod. Ltd

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Gillian WEARING
Bully
2010
video for projection with sound
7 minutes, 55 seconds
STILL

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Gillian WEARING
Bully
2010
video for projection with sound
7 minutes, 55 seconds
STILL

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Installation view at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2012

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Gillian WEARING
Me as Warhol in Drag with Scar
2010
framed bromide print
59 7/8 x 48 inches; 152 x 122 cm (unframed)
62 1/4 x 51 1/4 inches; 158.1 x 130.2 cm (framed)

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Gillian WEARING
Me As Arbus
2008
bromide print
60 5/8 x 51 1/4 inches; 154 x 130.2 cm (framed)

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Gillian WEARING
Me as Mapplethorpe
2009
(based upon the Robert Mapplethorpe work: Self Portrait, 1988. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation)
bromide print
62 1/4 x 51 1/4 inches; 158 x 130.2 cm (framed)
59 x 48 inches; 150 x 122 cm (unframed)

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Gillian WEARING
Secrets and Lies
2009
video for monitor with sound
58 minutes, 56 seconds
Edition of 5; 2 AP
confessional booth installed dimensions: 96 x 69 x 97 inches; 243.8 x 175.3 x 246.4 cm
STILLS

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Gillian WEARING
Secrets and Lies
2009
video for monitor with sound
58 minutes, 56 seconds
Edition of 5; 2 AP
confessional booth installed dimensions: 96 x 69 x 97 inches; 243.8 x 175.3 x 246.4 cm

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Gillian WEARING
Jodie
2009
acrylic on masonite in custom frame, ink on paper, and photographs under glass
36 x 29 x 2 inches; 91.5 x 73.5 x 5 cm (closed)
36 x 57 7/8 x 1 inches; 91.4 x 147 x 2.5 cm (open)

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Gillian WEARING
Jodie
2009
acrylic on masonite in custom frame, ink on paper, and photographs under glass
36 x 29 x 2 inches; 91.5 x 73.5 x 5 cm (closed)
36 x 57 7/8 x 1 inches; 91.4 x 147 x 2.5 cm (open)

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GILLIAN WEARING
Family History
2006
video for projection, 35 min 32 sec; 16 mm film transferred to DVD for monitor, 2 min 52 sec

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GILLIAN WEARING
Family History
2006
video for projection, 35 min 32 sec; 16 mm film transferred to DVD for monitor, 2 min 52 sec

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GILLIAN WEARING
Snapshot
2005
7 videos for framed plasma screens
6 minutes, 55 seconds (loop)
overall installed dimensions: 143 1/3 x 393 3/4 inches; 3.64 x 10 m

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GILLIAN WEARING
Snapshot
2005
7 videos for framed plasma screens
6 minutes, 55 seconds (loop)
overall installed dimensions: 143 1/3 x 393 3/4 inches; 3.64 x 10 m

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Installation view at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2012

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GILLIAN WEARING
Self Portrait at Three Years Old
2004
Framed c-type print
71 5/8 x 48 inches;  182 x 122 cm

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GILLIAN WEARING
Self Portrait at 17 Years Old
2003
Framed c-type print
45 1/2 x 36 1/4 inches; 115.5 x 92 cm

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GILLIAN WEARING
Self Portrait as My Father Brian Wearing
2003
Framed black and white print
64 5/8 x 51 3/8 inches; 164 x 130.5 cm

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GILLIAN WEARING
Self Portrait as My Mother Jean Gregory
2003
Framed black and white print
59 x 51 5/8 inches; 150 x 131 cm

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GILLIAN WEARING
Trauma
2000
colour video with sound
30 minutes

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GILLIAN WEARING
Trauma
2000
colour video with sound
30 minutes


 

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Gillian WEARING
Self-portrait
2000
c-type color print
70 x 70 inches; 177.8 x 177.8 cm framed

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GILLIAN WEARING
Drunk
1999
three-channel black and white video for projection with sound
23 minutes


 

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GILLIAN WEARING
Theresa and Chris
1998
c-type colour prints
51 x 51 cm; 20 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches each

 

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GILLIAN WEARING
Theresa and Ben
1998
c-type colour prints
51 x 51 cm; 20 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches each

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GILLIAN WEARING
Sixty Minute Silence
1996
colour video projection with sound
60 minutes

 

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GILLIAN WEARING
Sixty Minute Silence
1996
colour video projection with sound
60 minutes
 

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GILLIAN WEARING
I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing
1995
colour projection with sound
dimensions variable
1 minute 49 seconds
 

 

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Gillian WEARING
Dancing in Peckham
1994
colour video with sound
 

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GILLIAN WEARING
Confess All On Video. Don’t Worry, You Will Be In Disguise. Intrigued? Call Gillian...
1994
colour video with sound
30 minutes
 

 

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GILLIAN WEARING
Confess All On Video. Don’t Worry, You Will Be In Disguise. Intrigued? Call Gillian...
1994
colour video with sound
30 minutes
 

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Installation view at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2012

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Gillian WEARING
Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say (Work towards world peace)
1992-3
c-print
59 3/4 x 41 7/8 inches; 151.8 x 106.4 cm (framed)
55 3/4 x 37 inches; 141.6 x 94 cm (unframed)
 

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Gillian WEARING
Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say (I've thought about being a gigolo but I'm worried about the health risk's!)
1992-3
c-print
59 3/4 x 41 7/8 inches; 151.8 x 106.4 cm (framed)
55 3/4 x 37 inches; 141.6 x 94 cm (unframed)
 

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Gillian WEARING
Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say (Best friends for life! Long live the two of us)
1992-3
c-print
59 3/4 x 41 7/8 inches; 151.8 x 106.4 cm (framed)
55 3/4 x 37 inches; 141.6 x 94 cm (unframed)
 

Biography

Throughout the past two decades, Gillian Wearing’s films, photographs and sculptures have investigated public personas and private lives. Since the beginning of her career, the artist has drawn from techniques of theater, reality television and fly-on-the-wall documentary-making to construct narratives that explore personal fantasies and confessions, individual traumas, cultural histories, and the role of the media. Anonymity through elaborate masks, costumes and role-play has remained a critical part of Wearing’s practice and influential investigation of the ways in which individuals present themselves to others when the self is temporarily concealed.
 
Born in 1963 in Birmingham, Wearing present lives and works in London. She received a bachelor of technology degree in art & design from London’s Chelsea School of Art in 1987 and a BFA from Goldsmiths' College, University of London in 1990. An important member of the Young British Artists, Wearing was awarded the Turner Prize in 1997.

In 2012, Whitechapel Art Gallery in London presented a major retrospective of the artist’s work, which traveled to K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, and to Pinakothek der Moderne’s Museum Brandhorst in Munich in 2013.  Wearing's permanent sculpture A Real Birmingham Family opened in 2014 in Centenary Square outside the new Library of Birmingham, UK.

 

Other important solo presentations include Gillian Wearing at the Pinakothek der Moderne in the Museum Brandhorst in Munich, Germany, Self Made at the 54th BFI London Film Festival (2010), Confessions: Portraits, Videos at Musée Rodin in Paris (2009), Living Proof at ACCA, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne (2006), Snapshot at Bloomberg Space in London (2005), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki, Finland (2004), and Mass Observation, which opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 2002 and traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and to Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal in Canada in 2003. 

Exhibitions
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ADAA The Art Show, Park Avenue Armory, New York
2 - 6 March 2016
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Work From the 1990s
12 June - 1 August 2014
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9 January - 8 February 2014
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Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K20 GRABBEPLATZ, Düsseldorf, Germany
8 September 2012 - 6 January 2013
Publications
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National Portrait Gallery
2017
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Institut Valencia d'Art Modern
2015
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Ridinghouse 2012; Whitechapel Gallery, London and K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf
2012
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Film and Video Umbrella
2007
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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
2006