Turner Prize winning conceptual artist Mark Wallinger is in the foremost pantheon of contemporary artists. A lifelong supporter of the Labour Party, he is a vocal opponent of jingoism and nationalism, and highlights issues involving class, identity, politics, and art history.
Born in Chigwell in 1959, Mark Wallinger studied at Chelsea School of Art before taking a M.A. at Goldsmiths College in London. He later worked there as a tutor… Read more
About the artwork
Sleeper, Mark Wallinger’s perplexing and strangely poignant exploration into national identity, is commemorated in this color print. For the performance the artist donned a bear suit—the symbol of Berlin—and for 10 successive nights occupied the Neue Nationalgalerie in Germany’s capital. Berlin had been the focal point of surveillance and espionage in the 20th century, and through the famous transparent glass walls of the museum, the bear’s erratic behavior could be observed.