Articles by Gerald Laing

The Lineout by Gerald Laing, 28th May 2010

Gerald Laing’s speech at the unveiling of The Line-out sculpture at Twickenham.

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The Spectator - Space Invaders by Gerald Laing, 24th March 2010

Gerald Laing calls for greater intellectual rigour in the commissioning of public sculpture.

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A Life in the Day: Gerald Laing by Gerald Laing, 17 February 2008

A leading British pop artist of the 1960s, Laing, 72, lives with his dog, Asgard, in Kinkell Castle in Ross-shire, Scotland, and has a home in London. He has been married three times and has six children

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City and Guilds of London Art School by Gerald Laing, 19 June 2007

Gerald Laing's address at the City and Guilds of London Art School Annual Award Ceremony, 19 June 2007.

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From Here to Apostasy by Gerald Laing, April 1999

Gerald Laing reflects on the fluctuating fortunes of his career from star of Pop Art to the recidivism of casting bronze figures.

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Sherlock Holmes - A Memorial to Sir Arthur Conan by Gerald Laing, 1989

Gerald Laing writes about his sculpture of Sherlock Holmes, sited at the birthplace of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Picardy Place, Edinburgh.

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Articles by Gerald Laing

Interview with Jill Spalding of Clocktower Radio , 23/07/07 July 2007

Host Jill Spalding in conversation with guest painter, sculptor, and Pop Art legend Gerald Laing. His exhibition, Sex and Speed, was on view in 2007 at New York’s Mary Ryan Gallery (30 minutes).

Gerald Laing Obituary - The Herald by Phil Davison, 26 November 2011

Gerald Laing, who has died of cancer in his Highland castle aged 75, was an internationally renowned sculptor and Pop Art painter whose work was often compared with that of his close friend and near-contemporary Andy Warhol. One of his most iconic paintings was of French actress Brigitte Bardot at the peak of her career in 1962 and just last month he had a London exhibition of paintings and drawings of the late singer Amy Winehouse.

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Gerald Laing: Possession by Recreation by David E. Brauer, 2006

From the exhibition catalogue for Space, Speed, Sex: Works from the early 1960s by Gerald Laing at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, 2006.

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Space, Speed, Sex by James Holland-Hibbert, 2006

An extract from the catalogue for the exhibtion Space, Speed, Sex: Works from the early 1960s by Gerald Laing at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, London, 2006.

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Obituary - The Telegraph , 25/11/2011

Gerald Laing, who has died aged 75, loomed large in the British Pop Art movement, having helped to define the 1960s with huge canvases based on newspaper photographs of famous models, astronauts and film stars – his image of Brigitte Bardot, her face framed by a roundel, is one of his most famous works.

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Scotsman Interview by Lee Randall, 17 April 2010

Gerald Laing experienced an epiphany when he moved to Scotland, ditching pop art for sculpture and setting up home in a castle.

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Pop Art For Star Amy - BBC Interview (video) , 16 October 2008

Gerald Laing talks about his new exhibition New Paintings for Modern Times and his paintings of Amy Winehouse.

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Selected Public Collections ,

A selective list of public collections featuring Gerald Laing’s work.

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Public Commissions ,

A list of Public Commissions completed.

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A Brief Autobiography, 2006 ,

An autobiographical account of Gerald Laing’s career from 1957 to 2006. From the foreword to his 2006 Prints and Multiples Catalogue Raisonné

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Curriculum Vitae ,

A brief summary of Gerald Laing's career to 2004.

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Gerald Laing - by Olivia Connelly ,

A summary of Gerald Laing’s career, work and available prints by Olivia Connelly of ocontemporary gallery.

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Clearances statue replicas plan , 13 April 2008

Replicas of a memorial statue to those affected by the Highland clearances by Gerald Laing could be erected in other countries.

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Pop artist attacks ‘disgraceful’ price inflation by Arifa Akbar, 22 February 2008

One of Britain’s most eminent artists has criticised the “distasteful” trend for ever-rising art prices – just days before a leading auction house launches a sale that could fetch more than £72m, smashing all records for the contemporary art market.

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How Pop Changed the Portrait by Ben Lewis, 19 October 2007

Nowadays Pop Art is the new Impressionism - the lowest common denominator of modern art and a surefire way for galleries to up their visitor count. Despite this, Pop Art Portraits is a well-chosen and spirited show that occasionally falls victim to its own enthusiasm.

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Gerald Laing: Art that commemorates the brutality and horror of war by Anindya Bhattacharyya, 02 October 2007

Gerald Laing’s War Art is finally being exhibited in London. He spoke to Anindya Bhattacharyya about the show.

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Army Museum Shows Art linking 7/7 to Iraq War by Patrick Sawer, 02 07 2007

The National Army Museum is at the centre of a political row after it acquired a painting that pins the blame for the 7 July bombings on the Iraq war.

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A dotty neglect of a Pop artist by Virginia Blackburn, 18 November 2006

Virginia Blackburn on a British artist whose iconic Sixties work is set for a fab revival

Pop Art is commonly recognised as one of the most important movements of the 20th century, with its leading artists — Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein — enjoying the status of household names. One Pop artist, however, has not received the recognition he deserves. Gerald Laing, born in Britain but resident in the United States in the 1960s, is often thought of as an American artist and, since the heyday of Pop Art, has been shamefully overlooked.

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Iraq torture inspires pop artist , 19 February 2005

A “pop” artist has decided to come out of retirement to exhibit controversial paintings from Iraq.

Gerald Laing’s pictures are on show in England for the first time at Kings College in Cambridge.

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Gerald Laing: Bourne Art Gallery, Edinburgh by Michael Spens, 30 November 2004

Artists have only one life - yet Gerald Laing seems to have nine. During one of Laing’s previous incarnations, this reviewer met him up in New York State on the tip of Amagansett, in a summerhouse he had rented for winter. This was in the 1970s. He was already working on a series of sculptures, in a challenging mode. The wild Atlantic, the beach and the dunes made Hopper’s environment seem benign.

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Gerald Laing: An Introduction by Ian Carr, 1993

Gerald Laing and I first met when we were both at crucial stages in our lives. I was a National Service second lieutenant with an honours degree in English literature and a passion for jazz. Gerald was a full lieutenant who had gone through Sandhurst with the intention of making the army his career. He was a romantic with a passion for heraldry, but two years of professional soldiering had knocked the stuffing out of his military idealism, and he was beginning to question everything. It was also dawning on him that he had other talents and interests which could perhaps find expression only in some different way of life.

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Gerald Laing: Swift Passages and the Monumental Imagination by David Alan Mellor, 1993

David Alan Mellor looks at Gerald Laing’s work from 1963 to 1993.

Systematic, monumental, disciplined: but also caught up with the instability of the world, the flickering of time and sight and presence. These opposing positions, these two separate metaphysics, have occupied Gerald Laing throughout his career as an artist ...

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An Interview with Gerald Laing by Giles Auty , 1993

Gerald Laing in conversation with Australian art critic Giles Auty about his transition to figurative sculpture. 1993.

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