Gillian Wearing

Daniel F. Herrmann, Doris Krystof, Bernhart Schwenk and David Deamer , 2012

Publisher: Ridinghouse, UK.

ISBN: 978 1 905464 52 4

Dimensions: 32 × 23 cm

Pages: 232 pages
Gillian Wearing’s work explores the connections between public and private, fiction and reality, and the relationship between artist and viewer.


This monograph provides an overview of the artist’s work from the early, iconic photographs of people holding up signs with written personal confessions or thoughts – entitled Signs That Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs That Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say (1992–93) – to her latest video Bully (2010) in which the roles of victims and perpetrators, actors and directors are blurred.


The publication accompanies a major international survey of the artist’s work at Whitechapel Gallery, London; K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; and Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; which includes new photographic works, two portraits from her ongoing series of iconic photographers and still lives of flowers that are inspired by the rich symbolism of seventeenth-century Dutch painting.