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Gillian Wearing

British, b. 1963

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Gillian Wearing

British, b. 1963

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Turner Prize-winner Gillian Wearing produces candid videos and photographs revealing the disconnect between our inner lives and public personas, the individual and society, and truth and fiction. Inspired by documentaries, reality television, and the artifice of theater, Wearing describes her approach as “editing life.” She turns her lens on herself and on people she meets, whether on the street or through advertisements she has placed in newspapers. Among her most famous works is Signs That Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs That Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say (1992–93), for which she stopped hundreds of passersby in London, invited them to write whatever they wished on a white card, and photographed them. Like all of Wearing’s work, the portraits in this series convey the startling, unsettling divide between one’s outside appearance and innermost self.

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Solo show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries, and 3 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 12 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Manifesta, and 2 more
Biography

Turner Prize-winner Gillian Wearing produces candid videos and photographs revealing the disconnect between our inner lives and public personas, the individual and society, and truth and fiction. Inspired by documentaries, reality television, and the artifice of theater, Wearing describes her approach as “editing life.” She turns her lens on herself and on people she meets, whether on the street or through advertisements she has placed in newspapers. Among her most famous works is Signs That Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs That Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say (1992–93), for which she stopped hundreds of passersby in London, invited them to write whatever they wished on a white card, and photographed them. Like all of Wearing’s work, the portraits in this series convey the startling, unsettling divide between one’s outside appearance and innermost self.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries, and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 12 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Manifesta, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Gillian Wearing
The 1990s
Aug 24th, 2015
The 1990s
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