The Major Periods

1962 – 1965: Early Pop Paintings

As one of the original wave of Pop artists Gerald Laing produced some of the most significant works of the British Pop movement. His paintings reproduced images of popular heroes such as starlets, film stars, drag racers, astronauts and skydivers. His 1962 portrait of Brigitte Bardot is an iconic work of the period and regularly features in major Pop retrospectives alongside Lincoln Convertible from 1964, a commemoration of the assassination of JFK.

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1965 – 1970: Utopian Abstract Sculpture

From 1965 Gerald Laing's painting evolved into abstract sculptures using the techniques and materials of car customisation - lacquering, spray-painting and chrome-plating on metal.

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1970 – 1973: Sculpture In The Landscape

A move from New York to the Highlands of Scotland in 1970 saw Gerald Laing's sculpture respond to the beauty, roughness and power of the surrounding landscape.

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1972 – 2010: Public Sculpture

Public sculptures include the the Bank Station Dragons; the Rugby Sculptures at Twickenham Stadium; the Cricketer at Lords; the Highland Clearances Memorial in Helmsdale, Sutherland and Axis Mundi in Edinburgh.

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1973 – 1980: Galina Series

Inspired by the figurative sculpture of the First World War Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner, in 1973 Gerald Laing began to model in clay and cast in bronze. The Galina Series and associated sculptures were his first works from this period.

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1982 – 2007: Portrait Heads

Gerald Laing's portrait work includes heads and reliefs of Luciano Pavarotti, Andy Warhol, Paul Getty and Sam Wanamaker.

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2002 – 2005: War Paintings

The Iraq war and the publication of images of torture at Abu Ghraib prison drew Gerald Laing back to painting for the first time in over three decades. The War Paintings series sees the starlets and all-American heroes of his early paintings take on new, more sinister roles.

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2004 – 2011: New Paintings

Returning to the style and subject matter of his early pop art paintings, Gerald Laing's latest paintings feature media images of contemporary celebrities including Amy Winehouse and Kate Moss.

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Corner Cabinet

Artists CR 113

1966

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica frame

18.5x14.5x5.5inches/47x37x14cm

Powers collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1966;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers.;.

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Maquette for Black Pin

Artists CR 114

1966

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica frame

26.5x18.5x2.5inches/67x47x6cm

Collection: Private collection, New York.

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection;Collection of Dr Jerome H. Hirschmann, Winnetka.; (Wright Auction House, West Hubbard St, Chicago, Chicago) Private Collection, 24 September 2015;.

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Clip Two

Artists CR 115

1966

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica frame

15.5x13x3.75inches/39x33x10cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1966;Private collection, 1966-2013; (Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza, New York) Private Collection, 17 July 2013;.

Literature: First Open: Summer Edition, Post-War and Contemporary Art, 2013, p.88.

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Maquette for Red Cranes

Artists CR 116

1966

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica frame

35.5x28.5inches/90x72cm

Collection: Private Collection

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Cullman Commission

Artists CR 116b

1966

Lacquer on aluminium and chrome on brass

38x112inches/97x284cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: .

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Orange Pin

Artists CR 117

February 1966

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

96x9inches/244x23cm

Lost

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1966

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Black Pin

Artists CR 118

1966

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass

96x11.5inches/244x29cm

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1966; Highlights of the 1965–66 Art Season, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, 1966

Literature: Highlights of the 1965–66 Art Season, 1966.

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Red Cranes

Artists CR 119

1966

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass

113x48inches/287x122cm, 2 parts, 18 inches / 46 cm apart

Destroyed by artist

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1966

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Tunnel

Artists CR 120

1966

New York City

Metalflake on aluminium and chrome on brass

96x17x18inches/244x43x46cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1966

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One-Two-Three

Artists CR 121

1966

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass

34x108inches/86x274cm

Destroyed by artist

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1966; Highlights of the 1965–66 Art Season, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, 1966

Literature: Highlights of the 1965–66 Art Season, 1966.

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Maquette for Twin Tunnels

Artists CR 122

April 1966

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica box

25.5x13.5inches/65x34cm, 2 parts, 4 in / 10 cm apart

Powers collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1966;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., 1966-;.

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Twin Tunnels

Artists CR 123

April 1966

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass

38x29x8inches/97x74x20cm

Denver Art Museum

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1966;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., 1966-;.

Exhibitions: Vormen van de kleur/New Shapes of Color, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1966–7

Literature: Michael Findlay, The Efficiency Game, , Art and Artists, 1967; Wim Crouwel, Vormen van de kleur/New Shapes of Color, 1966, loose-leaf artist's sheet no.36.

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Freestanding Pin

Artists CR 125

May 1966

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, marble base

72x12x8inches/183x30x20cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1966;.

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Beausant

Artists CR 126

June 1966

New York City (parts fabricated in London)

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass (Edition of 25)

12.25x2.5x1inches/31x6x3cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Greek Gold Exhibition, Byron Gallery, New York, 1967–8

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006.

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Maquette for Newhouse Commission

Artists CR 127

June 1966

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica frame

20.5x19.75inches/52x50cm

Provenance: .

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Newhouse Commission

Artists CR 128

June 1966

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: .

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Freestanding Trace

Artists CR 129

June 1966

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, Plexiglas base

96x30x15inches/244x76x38cm

Provenance: Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., -1977;.

Exhibitions: Selections from the John G. Powers Collection, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, 1966

Literature: Michael Findlay, The Efficiency Game, , Art and Artists, 1967; Nuove Tecniche d’Immagine, 1967.

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Freestanding Piece No. 3

Artists CR 130

June 1966

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, Plexiglas base

96x20x15inches/244x51x38cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: Private collection, 1966-2013; (Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza, New York) Private Collection, 17 July 2013;.

Literature: First Open: Summer Edition, Post-War and Contemporary Art, 2013, p.88.

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White Pin

Artists CR 131

June 1966

New York City

Lacquered aluminium

90x14.5x3inches/229x37x8cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, The Fine Art Society, London, 1999; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004; London in the 60s, The Mayor Gallery, London, 2006; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, The Fine Art Society, London, 2008

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Clare Henry, Fruitful Transformation, , Herald, 1993; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, 2008; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Glaive

Artists CR 132

July 1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, wood base

48x19.5x7inches/122x50x18cm

John and Kimiko Powers

Provenance: .

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Maquette for Glaive

Artists CR 133

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, slate base

11.5x7.25x3.5inches/29x18x9cm

Lost

Provenance: .

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Maquette for Pink

Artists CR 133a

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, slate base

11.5x6.5x3.5inches/29x17x9cm

Lost

Provenance: .

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Indenty (edition)

Artists CR 134

July - August 1966

New York and Aspen (parts fabricated in London)

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, marble base (Edition of 25)

8x20x4inches/20x51x10cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004; Space, Speed, Sex: Prints and Multiples 1965–1976, Sims Reed Gallery, London, 2006; Gerald Laing: Prints and Multiples, Sims Reed Gallery, London, 2012; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Space, Speed & Sex: Prints & Multiples 1965–1976, 2006; Gerald Laing: Prints and Multiples, 2012; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016.

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Green Hook

Artists CR 134

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, marble base

13x8x4.25inches/33x20x11cm

Powers collection

Provenance: .

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Green Trace

Artists CR 135

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, slate base (Edition of 6)

27.5x15x6inches/70x38x15cm

Unknown

Provenance: .

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Blue Loop

Artists CR 136

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic on aluminium, chrome on brass, slate base (white marble base and repaint November 1968)

70x17x9inches/178x43x23cm

Lost

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Maquette for Blue Loop

Artists CR 137

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, petrified wood base

21.875x5x3inches/56x13x8cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1966;Private collection, 1966-2013; (Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza, New York) Private Collection, 17 July 2013;.

Literature: First Open: Summer Edition, Post-War and Contemporary Art, 2013, p.88.

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Bend

Artists CR 138

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Bent galvanised iron, acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, slate base

Lost

Provenance: .

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Purple Pin

Artists CR 139

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, slate base

42x12x6inches/107x30x15cm

Provenance: Private collection, -1974;.

Literature: Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; Michael Findlay, The Efficiency Game, , Art and Artists, 1967; Christopher Finch, Image as Language: Aspects of British Art 1950–1968, 1969.

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Yellow Wedge

Artists CR 140

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Bent, galvanised iron, acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, slate base

Lost

Provenance: .

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006.

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Small Cascade

Artists CR 141

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on brass, slate base

32x8x5inches/81x20x13cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: .

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Fin

Artists CR 142

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic on bent, galvanised sheet and chrome on brass, slate base

39.5x9x20inches/100x23x51cm

Destroyed by artist

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Water Sculpture

Artists CR 143

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic on aluminium

Lost

Provenance: .

Literature: Dean Sobel, One Hour Ahead: The Avant-Garde in Aspen, 1945–2004, 2004, p.40, figs.30–1; Michael FIndlay, [untitled], , Aspen Times, 1966.

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Aspen / Powers Mural

Artists CR 143a

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic lacquer on aluminium, chrome on brass

36x96inches/91x244cm

Powers collection

Provenance: .

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Screen #1

Artists CR 144

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic and collaged chrome paper on bent, galvanised iron

14x19inches/36x48cm

Lost

Provenance: .

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Screen #2

Artists CR 145

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic on bent, galvanised iron

21x28inches/53x71cm

Lost

Provenance: .

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Screen #3

Artists CR 146

1966

Aspen, Colorado

Acrylic on bent, galvanised iron

15x18.5inches/38x47cm

Lost

Provenance: .

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Falchion

Artists CR 147

September 1966

New York City

Chrome on brass and acrylic on aluminium

81x1x9inches/206x3x23cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: .

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Lambton Worm

Artists CR 148

September 1966

New York City

Chrome brass and acrylic on aluminium

94x1x20inches/239x3x51cm

Collection: Private collection

Provenance: .

Literature: Michael Findlay, The Efficiency Game, , Art and Artists, 1967.

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Small Fold

Artists CR 149

September - November 1966

New York City

Chrome brass and acrylic on aluminium

36x0.5x8inches/91x1x20cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., 1966-2000;.

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, The Fine Art Society, London, 2008

Literature: Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, 2008.

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