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Gillian Wearing

Self-Portrait at 17 Years Old (from Album)

Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing

Self-Portrait at 17 Years Old (from Album)

Self-Portrait at 17 Years Old (from Album)

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Gillian Wearing

b. 1963

Self-Portrait at 17 Years Old (from Album)


signed (on a label on the reverse of the frame)

chromogenic print in artist's frame

41½ by 32¼ in.

105.4 by 81.9 cm.

Executed in 2003, this work is number 1 from an edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. 

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Although it has not been examined out of its frame, this photograph appears to be in generally excellent condition. The colors appear bright and saturated with no signs of fading. The artist's frame has a scuff at the lower left corner and a few scattered scratches and small abrasions.


Framed under Plexi: 45 ½ by 36 ¼ in. (115.6 by 92.1 cm.). There is a Maureen Paley label on the reverse of the frame.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Maureen Paley, London, 2003

Private Collection

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2015

Dan Cameron, ‘I’m Desperate: Gillian Wearing’s Art of Transposed Identities,’ Parkett, vol. 70, New York, 2004, p. 97, illustrated in color

Susan Bright, Art Photography Now, London, 2005, p. 18, illustrated in color

Exh. Cat, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today, 2010, pl. 229, illustrated in color

Alexandra Schwartz, Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010, p. 477, illustrated in color

Exh. Cat, London, Whitechapel Gallery, Gillian Wearing, 2012, cover, illustrated in color

Quentin Bajac, et al., eds., Photography at MoMA: 1960–Now, New York, 2015, pl. 117, illustrated in color

Exh. Cat, Valencia, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Gillian Wearing, 2015, pp. 23 and 29, illustrated in color

Gillian Wearing's Self Portrait at 17 Years Old is the signature work in the artist's shape-shifting portraiture series Album (2003), in which she photographed own body in the guise of old family snapshots of her parents, brother, uncle, and herself at various ages, all recreated through the aid of silicon prosthetics. This image is currently featured in the exhibition Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks, on view at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, through 13 June 2022. Other examples from this edition are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo.