British artist Gillian Wearing, winner of the 1997 Turner Prize, uses photography and video to produce an honest portrait of the complexities of contemporary life. Borrowing from popular culture, her work is both disturbing and confessional.
In 1993 she began the acclaimed series 'Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants them to say', in which random passers-by are photographed holding messages of their own choosing, such as the mild-mannered young businessman whose sign unexpectedly reads 'I'm Desperate'.
With exhibitions in Britain, Europe, the US and Japan, Wearing is among the best-known and most international of the most recent generation of British artists. This is the first publication to examine all of this remarkable young artist's work.
About the Author
Russell Ferguson is Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs and Chief Curator at the University of California, Los Angeles, Hammer Museum. He edited Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object 1949-1979 (1998) and Douglas Gordon (2001) and has published in international journals such as Parkett and art/text. Donna De Salvo is Associate Director for Programs and Curator, Permanent Collection, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Formerly Senior Curator at Tate Modern, she has curated exhibitions on Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol and Anish Kapoor, among others. John Slyce (Focus) is a freelance writer on contemporary art who specializes in the young British scene.
'The boldest, best executed, and most far-reaching publishing project devoted to contemporary art. These books will revolutionize the way contemporary art is presented and written about.' (Artforum) 'The combination of intelligent analysis, personal insight, useful facts and plentiful pictures is a superb format invaluable for specialists but also interesting for casual readers, it makes these books a must for the library of anyone who cares about contemporary art.' (Time Out) 'A unique series of informative monographs on individual artists.' (The Sunday Times)
|Interview: Donna De Salvo in conversation with Gillian Wearing||p. 6|
|Survey: Show Your Emotions||p. 32|
|10-16, or Life Under the Conditions of Art||p. 72|
|Seven Up and sequels (extracts)||p. 86|
|Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say||p. 96|
|Interviews with people in the street||p. 98|
|Confess all on video. Don't worry, you will be in disguise. Intrigued? Call Gillian||p. 102|
|Homage to the woman with the bandaged face who I saw yesterday down Walworth Road||p. 110|
|It's a Question of Choosing Those Moments..., Interview with Ben Judd||p. 116|
|Sign Language, Interview with Gregor Muir||p. 130|
|10-16, 1997||p. 136|
|2 into 1||p. 142|
|Bibliography, List of Illustrations||p. 158|
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Series: Contemporary Artists Series
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 29th April 1999
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.0 x 25.1 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 29.1
Edition Number: 1