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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Utopian Abstract Sculpture 1965–1970

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.

Laing’s work continued to evolve and his second New York exhibition (1966) consisted of shaped abstract paintings derived particularly from Skydiver imagery but relying on techniques used on custom cars - lacquer, spray paint, and electroplating.

Three of these works appeared in “PRIMARY STRUCTURES” at the Jewish Museum (1966), which was the first and defining exhibition of Minimal art.
In 1965-66, with Peter Phillips, he conducted the Art Market Research event ‘HYBRID’, a satirical attack on the contemporary art world exhibited at the Kornblee Gallery, New York, in 1967.




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Small Love Machine (No.3)

Artists CR 061

1964

New York City

Mixed media

15.5x12x9inches/39x30x23cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1964;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers.;.

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

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Custom Love Machine

Artists CR 072

1965

New York City

Mixed media

16x12x8inches/41x30x20cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;.

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Paintings, Drawings, Constructions, Prints, Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1965

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Invisible Man

Artists CR 074

1965

New York City

Acrylic on plastic

11.25x4inches/29x10cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., 1965-;.

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Bracket

Artists CR 075

March 1965

New York City

Acrylic on plastic and aluminium, irregular shape

10x7x4inches/25x18x10cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;.

Exhibitions: 1971: Gerald Laing, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971

Literature: Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971.

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Gyron I

Artists CR 076

March 1965

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome steel, irregular shape

99x80x34inches/251x203x86cm

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., 1965-1984;Collection of Academy for Educational Development, Washington D.C.., 1984-;.

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Small Glitter Gyron

Artists CR 078

March 1965

New York

Acrylic on plastic and gold-glitter Plexiglas, irregular shape

16.75x10x1.5inches/43x25x4cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;.

Exhibitions: 1971: Gerald Laing, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016.

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Starry Night

Artists CR 079

April 1965

New York City

Acrylic on plastic and blue-glitter Plexiglas, irregular shape

19.5x7x1.5inches/50x18x4cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;.

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Paintings, Drawings, Constructions, Prints, Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1965; 1971: Gerald Laing, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016.

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Untitled

Artists CR 079a

April 1965

New York City

Acrylic on plastic, aluminium,and formica box

6x8x3.5inches/15x20x9cm

Collection: Artist's estate

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Standing Double

Artists CR 082

April 1965

New York City

Acrylic and oil on lacquered plywood, and chrome on steel

64x48x31inches/163x122x79cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., 1965-;.

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Sudy Special

Artists CR 083

April 1965

New York City

Acrylic on plastic and chrome on aluminium

6x4x2.5inches/15x10x6cm

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965-;.

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Slow Stab

Artists CR 084

May 1965

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on steel

113x17inches/287x43cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., 1965-2000;.

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Paintings, Drawings, Constructions, Prints, Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1965; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016.

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Gyron II

Artists CR 085

May 1965

New York City

Acrylic on aluminium and chrome on steel

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;.

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Small Standing Double (edition)

Artists CR 086

May 1965

New York City

Acrylic on plastic and chrome on brass (Edition of 5)

5.75x4x3inches/15x10x8cm

Collection: Private Collection

Exhibitions: 1971: Gerald Laing, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006; Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971.

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Loop (Hinged)

Artists CR 086a

1965

New York City

Metalflake and acrylic on aluminium, and polished stainless steel

79x41x21inches/201x104x53cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993.

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Glide

Artists CR 087

May 1965

New York City

Oil on aluminium and chrome on steel

120x36.5inches/305x93cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., 1965-;.

Literature: R.S., Gerald Laing, , Arts Magazine, 1969.

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Print (prototype)

Artists CR 088

May - June 1965

New York City

Oil on aluminium and chrome on brass, irregular, hinged

6x17inches/15x43cm

Collection: Private Collection

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

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Print

Artists CR 089

July - September 1965

London

Oil on aluminium and chrome on brass, irregular, hinged and boxed (Edition of 46)

6x17inches/15x43cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: 1971: Gerald Laing, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971; 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; Space, Speed, Sex: Prints and Multiples 1965–1976, Sims Reed Gallery, London, 2006; Gerald Laing: Prints and Multiples, Sims Reed Gallery, London, 2012

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006; Gerald Laing, Gerald Laing: An Autobiography, 2011; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Gerald Laing: Prints and Multiples, 2012; Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1968–1999, 1999.

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Little Red Loop

Artists CR 090

June 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass (Edition of 15)

12x6x3inches/30x15x8cm, irregular, hinged

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: Paintings, Drawings, Constructions, Prints, Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1965; 1971: Gerald Laing, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1971

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006; Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; Emmanuel Grandjean, The MAMCO puts an English Dish on its Winter Menu, , Tribune de Genève, 2005; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016.

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Yellow Flame

Artists CR 091

July 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on steel, irregular, hinged

11x60x29inches/28x152x74cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., 1965-;Collection of Academy for Educational Development, Washington D.C.., -2011; (Shannon’s, Woodmount Road, Milford, Connecticut, Milford) Private Collection, 28 April 2011;Private collection, 2011 - 2012; (Christie’s King Street, London) Private Collection, 24 May 2012;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1965

Literature: 20th Century British and Irish Art Day Sale, 2012.

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Red Needle

Artists CR 092

July 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on steel, irregular, hinged

113x17inches/287x43cm

Provenance: Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., 1965; (John and Kimiko Powers, Carbondale).

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1965

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Corner Piece

Artists CR 093

July 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on steel, irregular, hinged

78x28x16inches/198x71x41cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1965; 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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Slide

Artists CR 094

July 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on steel

100x48inches/254x122cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., 1965-;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1965

Literature: Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; Fred W. McDarrah, [untitled], , The Village Voice, 1965.

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Purple Drop

Artists CR 095

August 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

57x47x2inches/145x119x5cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., 1965-2000;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1965; Gerald Laing: Sculpture 1965–1978, The Fine Art Society, London, 2008

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

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Three Falls

Artists CR 096

August 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica box

12.5x22.5inches/32x57cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., 1965-;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1965

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Slot

Artists CR 097

August 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, irregular, hinged

62.5x43x21inches/159x109x53cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1965; Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, 1967

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; University of Illinois, Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, 1967.

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Small Backdrop

Artists CR 098

August 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica box

11.5x9.5x3.25inches/29x24x8cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL) Private Collection, 1965;Private collection, 1965-2012; (Shannon’s, Woodmount Road, Milford, Connecticut, Milford) Private Collection, 24 October 2012;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1965

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Stack

Artists CR 099

September 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica box

18x12x1inches/46x30x3cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;Collection of Leo S. Guthman., 1965-2003; (Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, West Lake Street, Chicago, Chicago) Private Collection, 15 December 2003;.

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1965

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Quadrant

Artists CR 100

September 1965

London

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

61x52x5inches/155x132x13cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;.

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Small Slide

Artists CR 101

October 1965

New York City

Stove enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

20x24.5inches/51x62cm, (framed)

Collection: Private Collection

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

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1965

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New Backdrop

Artists CR 102

October 1965

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, irregular, hinged

96x72inches/244x183cm

Collection: Private Collection

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

Exhibitions: Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY, 1965

Literature: Fred W. McDarrah, [untitled], , The Village Voice, 1965.

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Red Glide

Artists CR 103

November 1965

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica frame

27x24.5inches/69x62cm, (framed)

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers.;Collection of Academy for Educational Development, Washington D.C..;.

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Maquette No.1 for Twin

Artists CR 104

November 1965

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica frame

17.5x24.5inches/44x62cm, (framed)

Collection: Private Collection

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

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Maquette No.2 for Twin

Artists CR 105

November 1965

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica frame

17.5x24.5inches/44x62cm, (framed)

Collection: Private Collection

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

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Maquette for Trace

Artists CR 106

November 1965

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

16x19inches/41x48cm, (framed)

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1965;.

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Twin

Artists CR 107

December 1965

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

96x94inches/244x239cm, 2 parts, 5 inches/ 12.5 cm apart at nearest point

Exhibitions: Four Seasons Restaurant, New York City, 1966; Highlights of the 1965–66 Art Season, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, 1966

Literature: Gerald Laing and Alasdair Hamilton, 1971: Gerald Laing, 1971; Highlights of the 1965–66 Art Season, 1966.

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Trace

Artists CR 107a

November 1965

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

96x72inches/244x183cm

Collection: Private Collection

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

Exhibitions: Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors, The Jewish Museum, New York, 1966

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Space, Speed & Sex: Prints & Multiples 1965–1976, 2006; R.S., Gerald Laing, , Arts Magazine, 1969; James Meyer, Minimalism: Art and Polemics in the Sixties, 2001; Kynaston McShine, Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors, 1966.

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Indenty

Artists CR 108

December 1965 – January 1966

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass

84x144inches/213x366cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1966;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers., 1966-;Collection of Academy for Educational Development, Washington D.C..;.

Exhibitions: Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors, The Jewish Museum, New York, 1966

Literature: Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; James Meyer, Minimalism: Art and Polemics in the Sixties, 2001; Kynaston McShine, Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors, 1966.

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Maquette for Indenty

Artists CR 109

December 1965 – January 1966

New York City

Enamel on aluminium and chrome on brass, formica frame

16.5x26inches/42x66cm, (framed)

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: (Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, NY) Private Collection, 1966;Collection of John and Kimiko Powers.;Collection of Academy for Educational Development, Washington D.C.., 1990;.

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Wedding Painting for S and RF

Artists CR 110

January 1966

New York City

Enamel, polish and lacquered aluminium, Plexiglas frame

11.75x14inches/30x36cm

Provenance: .

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Hybrid Research Kit (with Peter Phillips)

Artists CR 110a

1965

New York City

Mixed media (Edition of 2)

12x69x52inches/30x175x132cm, (boxed)

Collection: Private Collection

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

Exhibitions: Kornblee Gallery, New York, 1966; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 1993; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004; Aspects of British Abstract Art (1959–1966), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, 2005–6

Literature: Lindsey Ingram and Rupert Halliwell (eds.), Gerald Laing Prints and Multiples: A Catalogue Raisonné, 2006; Gerald Laing: A Retrospective 1963–1993, 1993; Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, 2004; Space, Speed & Sex: Prints & Multiples 1965–1976, 2006; David Mellor, The Sixties Art Scene in London, 1993, p.34; Market Research Art, , LIFE, 1966, p.71; David Brauer, Jim Edwards, Christopher Finch, Walter Hopps, Pop Art: U.S./U.K. Connections, 1956–1966, 2001, pp.29, 33, 37, 40, 64, 72–3, 82–3, 128, 162–3, 182, 190–1, 239–41, 243–5, 247; Gene R. Swenson, Hybrid - A Time of Life, , Art and Artists, 1966; Lawrence Alloway, Hybrid, , Arts Magazine, 1966, pp.38–42; William Peterson, Gerald Laing, , Artspace, 1976, pp.6–13; Marco Livingstone and Walter Guadagnini, Pop Art UK: British Pop Art 1956–1972, 2004; Marco Livingstone, British Pop, 2005, pp.220–30, 343-5; Marco Livingstone, Pop Art: A Continuing History, 1990, pp. 176-177, pl. 253; Gerald Laing: Sculpture at Chisenbury Priory, 2002; John J. Curley, Hybrid Sculpture of the 1960s, , British Art Studies, 2016.

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