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 Sam Taylor-Wood  (1967 - )

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Lived/Active: England      Known for: video art, photography, film making

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Sam Taylor-Wood Soliloquy VI
Sam Taylor-Wood "Soliloquy VI" C-print 88.3 x 101 in. / 224.2 x 256.5 cm. 1999 Sale Of Phillips New York November 13, 2000
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A contemporary artist working with video and photography, Sam Taylor-Wood was a Turner Prize nominee in 1997, meaning she had special recognition as a young British visual artist.  She graduated from Goldsmiths College in London in 1990.  She grew up with her mother and stepfather in Surrey, and the mother left the family when Taylor-Wood was sixteen years old, which meant that she had to live alone and struggle to get her education. 

After her years at Goldsmiths, she worked at the Royal Opera House and was a manager at a nightclub, Carnden Palace.  In 1994, she received much attention for her video piece, Killing Time, which was a mime of an opera score, and from that time, she dedicated herself to that medium.  In 1996, she began using professional actors and celebrity friends such as Elton John and Robert Downey, Jr., and among the works she produced were Travesty of a Mockery and Pent Up.  In 2002, National Portrait Gallery personnel commissioned her to make a video of David Beckham sleeping.

Sam Taylor-Wood is also a singer, using the name Kiki Kokova, and has been a guest vocalist with the Pet Shop Boys.  She married Jay Jopling in 1995 and they had a daughter in 1997.  Taylor-Wood has successfully fought colon and breast cancer.


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