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Gillian Wearing

(1963-), Artist

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 2 portraits
Wearing was born in Birmingham and trained at Goldsmith's College, London. Her work, Signs that say what you want them to say not signs that say what someone else wants you to say (1992-3), in which members of the public were photographed holding signs of their thoughts, was a hit in the art and advertising worlds. It prompted Wearing to explore further the tensions between public and private behaviour. In 1997, she won the Turner Prize and in 2007 was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts. She was honoured with a mid-career retrospective at the Serpentine Gallery, London, in 2000, and in 2017, Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask was shown at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Gillian Wearing ('Me as Julia Margaret Cameron and two muses'), by Gillian Wearing - NPG P2090

Gillian Wearing ('Me as Julia Margaret Cameron and two muses')

by Gillian Wearing
bromide print, 2019
NPG P2090

Tracey Emin; Gillian Wearing; Georgina Starr, by Johnnie Shand Kydd - NPG x87682

Tracey Emin; Gillian Wearing; Georgina Starr

by Johnnie Shand Kydd
bromide fibre print, 11 August 1996
NPG x87682

Gillian Wearing, by Johnnie Shand Kydd - NPG x87411

Gillian Wearing

by Johnnie Shand Kydd
bromide fibre print, 1997
NPG x87411

Contemporary British Artists, by Johnnie Shand Kydd - NPG x87724

Contemporary British Artists

by Johnnie Shand Kydd
bromide print, Summer 1998
NPG x87724

Gillian Wearing, by Johnnie Shand Kydd - NPG x125687

Gillian Wearing

by Johnnie Shand Kydd
bromide fibre print, December 2002
NPG x125687


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