Gillian Wearing  (b. 1963)
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Gillian Wearing (b. 1963)

I signed on and they would not give me nothing (from Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say)

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Gillian Wearing (b. 1963)
I signed on and they would not give me nothing (from Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say)
c-print on aluminium
16.5/8 x 11.7/8in. (42.53 x 30.2cm.)
Executed in 1992-1993, this work is unique
Provenance
Maureen Paley, London.
Anon. sale, Phillips de Pury New York, 14 November 2000, lot 140.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Exhibited
London, Tate Modern, Permanent Collection (another version exhibited).
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Lot Essay

'The complete series of Signs is comprised of over fifty colour photographs. A broad cross-section of people participated in the photographs and the series provides a fascinating social and historical document. It refers to the economic decline in Britain in the early 1990s, manifested by statements such as 'Will Britain get through this recession?'. However most of the signs express intimate thoughts or personal convictions...One of the photographs shows an elderly couple, standing on the curb of a busy street, holding a sign saying 'I like to be in the country', while another photograph shows a homeless man bearing the poignant statement: 'I signed on and they would not give me nothing'...the Signs series examines the relationship between public image and private identity...[Wearing]has said: 'A great deal of my work is about questioning handed-down truths… I'm always trying to find ways of discovering new things about people, and so in the process discover more about myself' (G. Wearing, quoted in, J. Montagu, Tate Collection Website Summary page, reproduced at http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/wearing-i-signed-on-and-they-would-not-give-me-nothing-p78350/text-summary).


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