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Richard Billingham (B. 1970)
Richard Billingham (B. 1970)

Untitled (NRAL 23)

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Richard Billingham (B. 1970)
Untitled (NRAL 23)
SFA4 colour photograph on aluminium
31 x 47in. (80 x 120cm.)
Executed in 1995, this work is number 2 in an edition of 7 plus 1 artist's proof.
Other works from the same series are included in 'Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection', currently on view at the Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.
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Please note that the correct size of this work is 41 x 62in. (105 x 158cm.) and that it is number 2 in an edition of 5.

Lot Essay

"Photography is so easy, so available, so superfluous. It accrues a wider value with such difficulty, and I feel this every time I pick up a camera. The immediate or extended family may be one of photography's great subjects, but there's nothing more boring than looking through a stranger's photo album. So why is it that the family pictures of Richard Billingham exert such fascination? Billingham tells us his father is a chronic alcoholic who rarely leaves the house, that his brother has been in and out of care - but his words only scratch the surface, while the photographs teem with emotional choas and physical squalor. The factor which places Billingham's pictures apart is not the extremity of what they depict but their symbolic resonance." (M. Sladen, 'A Family Affair', Frieze, no.28, May 1996, p.51.)
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