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Gillian Wearing

Self-Portrait at 17 Years Old (from Album)

Auction Closed

May 20, 10:17 PM GMT


25,000 - 35,000 USD

Lot Details


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. 

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.