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Untitled (NRAL 2 from Ray's a Laugh)

Richard Billingham

Untitled (NRAL 2 from Ray's a Laugh)

C-Type photograph mounted on aluminium

105 x 158 cms (41.27 x 62.09 ins)

1994

HC 12304

Provenance

Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London.
Acquired by Charles Saatchi in 1996.
Acquired by the Hyman Collection from the above.

Exhibited

London, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, Richard Billingham, 1996.
London, Royal Academy of Arts, Sensation, Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, 1997-2000 (illustrated in colour, p. 54). This exhibition later travelled to Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof and New York, Brooklyn Museum. (This print)
London, Saatchi Gallery, Black Mirror: Art As Social Satire, 2018-2019 (illustrated in colour, pp. 12-13). (This print)

Signed, numbered and dated 'Richard Billingham 2/5 1995' (on the reverse)

Executed in 1994, this work is number two from an edition of five plus one artist's proof.

This print was included in Charles Saatchi's landmark exhibition Sensation at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1997

Entitled Untitled (NRAL 2) (1994) this is oneof the most celebrated imahes from Richard Billingham's seminal series of family portraits, Ray's a Laugh. Depicting poverty-stricken life in Cradley Heath in the West Midlands, these raw, candid snapshots established Billingham's reputation and remain his most famous body of work. The series focused on Billingham's alcoholic father Ray, his mother Liz - shown here - and his younger brother Jason. Inaugurating a style known as 'squalid realism', they offered a no-holds-barred view of council estate living in post-Thatcherite Britain.

Billingham went on to become one of the most celebrated photographers of his generation, earning a Turner Prize nomination in 2001 and a BAFTA nomination for his feature film Ray & Liz in 2019. Examples from the present series are held in museum collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna.



British Photography. The Hyman Collection

Richard Billingham

Untitled (NRAL 2 from Ray's a Laugh)

C-Type photograph mounted on aluminium

105 x 158 cms (41.27 x 62.09 ins)

1994

HC 12304

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