Signs that say what you want them to say....

Gillian Wearing

Signs that say what you want them to say....

C- Type colour print

42 x 30 cms (16.51 x 11.79 ins)

c.1992

HC 11296

Provenance

Interim Art, London.

Exhibited

Gillian Wearing, new work, 1994, Interim Art, London
Gillian Wearing, Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say 1992 - 1993,
Maureen Paley - Interim Art, London, 1997
Gillian Wearing
, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 2012-2013. This exhibition later travelled to Dusseldorf, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and Munich, Pinakothek der Moderne.
Gillian Wearing
, 2014, Maureen Paley, London, 2014

Literature

Gillian Wearing, Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say 1992 - 1993, 1997, Maureen Paley - Interim Art, London (illustrated in colour, p. 21).
'Private lines: Gillian Wearing's signs - in pictures' in The Guardian, 4 March 2012.
Gillian Wearing, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 2012 (illustrated in colour, p. 59).

Signs that say what you want them to say and not signs that say what someone else wants you to say MY GRIP ON LIFE IS RATHER LOOSE!, 1992-1993

Photographed in 1992-1993, this work is uniqueseries of people holding signs did much to estabklish Gillian Wearing's reputation. Wearing has commented that: "The most straightforward photographs I've ever done were the first ones, Signs That Say What You Want Them To Say. Those photographs were a simple collusion between the people and what they wrote on those pieces of paper. The photographs were done very quickly. The people were photographed as they were in the street, there was no consideration of how they should stand and how they should look."

Gillian Wearing

Signs that say what you want them to say....

C- Type colour print

42 x 30 cms (16.51 x 11.79 ins)

c.1992

HC 11296

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