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Mark Wallinger


Exhibition 4 March – 4 June 2017

Known for a practice as stylistically diverse as it is politically engaged, Mark Wallinger creates work that encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, film, installation, performance and public art. This exhibition, presented in two parts, one at The Fruitmarket Gallery and the other at Dundee Contemporary Arts, has been brought together in the context of his newest body of work, the id Paintings.

A selection from this series of vast paintings, each 360cm high (twice Wallinger’s height) and 180cm wide (his height again, and also the extent of his reach with both arms outstretched) is on show in each part of the exhibition. These paintings bring identity into focus as a recurring theme within Wallinger’s practice. Painted by hand (and simultaneously by each hand, the left mirroring the right) they bridge image and action. They move his way of working, as Wallinger has said, from ‘painting ‘I’s’ to ‘I paint’. The standing figure (the subject who stands – and stands up – for something) is one of the most powerful ways in which Wallinger explores identity.

This exhibition brings together several such figures, including the bear of Sleeper and the myriad ‘I’s of the Self Portrait paintings. It also moves beyond the standing figure to look at the importance of naming, marking and symmetry in the artist’s work. Find details about MARK WALLINGER MARK at DCA at

Exhibition supported by The Ampersand Foundation

Watch Mark Wallinger in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery about the exhibition here

New book

The Fruitmarket Gallery is the only gallery in Scotland to publish a new book for each exhibition, and we are proud of the contribution our publishing programme makes to the accessibility of good thinking and writing about art. MARK WALLINGER MARK focuses on identity as a theme within Mark Wallinger’s work, and illustrates his id Paintings extensively and for the first time. 144pp, over 90 illustrations.
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