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 Gillian Wearing  (1963 - )

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Lived/Active: England      Known for: conceptual art, social commentary

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Gillian Wearing OBE RA is an English conceptual artist*, one of the YBAs, and winner of the annual British fine arts award, The Turner Prize*, in 1997. On 11 December 2007, Wearing was elected as lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Arts* in London.

Gillian Wearing was born in Birmingham. She attended Dartmouth High School in Great Barr, Birmingham. She moved to Chelsea, London to study art at the Australian centre for contemporary art.

In 2000, Wearing made a film, Drunk (2000), which shows four drunk men staggering around a studio. In Wearing’s Broad Street (2001), she documents the behavior of typical teenagers, in British society, who go out at night and drink large amounts of alcohol. Wearing shows teenagers partying at various clubs and bars along Broad Street in Birmingham. Wearing follows these teenagers demonstrating how alcohol contributes to their loss of inhibitions, insecurities, and control.

In 2003, Wearing caused controversy with her cover for The Guardian's G2 supplement, consisting solely of the handwritten words "Fuck Cilla Black". The cover illustrated an article by Stuart Jeffries complaining about the cruelty of modern television.

The themes of modern television were further explored in Wearing's recent project Family History (2006) commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, and accompanied by a publication on the project.

Wearing was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to art.

In 2012, a major retrospective of her work was held at Whitechapel Gallery, London (28 March-17 June 2012), which surveyed her career and premiered new films and sculptures. The exhibition was organised with Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf and supported by Maja Hoffmann, Vicky Hughes and John Smith, and Dr Naomi Milgrom AO. An accompanying monograph was published by Ridinghouse and included texts by curator Daniel F. Herrmann, Doris Krystof, Bernhart Schwenk and David Deamer.

Wearing lives and works in London. Her current partner is fellow British artist Michael Landy.

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