Published by Heni Publishing. By Michael Bracewell.
Gilbert & George met at St Martin’s School of Art in September 1967. Fifty years later, Michael Bracewell has worked with them on this beautifully designed primer, posing the question What Is Gilbert & George? Over the course of 37 short chapters, Bracewell—who has written extensively about Gilbert & George over many years—has created an accessible handbook to their work.
Accompanied by illustrations selected by the artists, the book provides candid insights into their working practice, East London, sex, Victorian art, nationalism and maleness, among many other subjects. We may never find the answer to the question What Is Gilbert & George?, but this book, marking their halfcentury partnership, brings us closer than ever before.
Gilbert was born in Italy in 1943; George was born in the UK in 1942; both live and work in London. They have had extensive solo exhibitions, including at the Whitechapel Gallery (1971–72), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1995–96), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1997), Serpentine Gallery, London (2002), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2002), Tate Modern, London, Haus der Kunst, Munich (both 2007), Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, and Philadelphia Museum of Art (both 2008). Novelist and cultural commentator Michael Bracewell (born 1958) first saw the art of Gilbert & George in 1977. He met the artists 20 years later, and has since written extensively about their art and interviewed them many times. His recent publications have included essays on the art of Bridget Riley and Richard Hamilton, as well as the books When Surface Was Depth and Roxy Music.
Published by Lévy Gorvy. Introduction by Michael Bracewell. Poetry by Kostas Anagnopoulos.
Since 1967, renowned artists Gilbert & George (born 1943 and 1942) have made themselves into their art, sacrificing their individual identities to devote themselves to a more democratic art practice, which they call “Art for All.” This catalog presents their formative early work, The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting (1971). Comprised of 23 monumental, multi-panel charcoal-on-paper sculptures depicting the artists wandering streets and parks in London and inscribed with philosophical slogans, The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting was first exhibited at the Sonnabend Gallery in New York in 1971. Published in conjunction with Lévy Gorvy’s exhibition of the work, this fully illustrated catalog features a newly commissioned essay by Michael Bracewell based on a recent interview with the artists, an original poem by Kostas Anagnopoulos, newspaper reviews from the Sonnabend exhibition and a facsimile of the postal sculpture A Day in the Life of George & Gilbert, the Sculptors (1971).
Published by The Museum of Modern Art/MoMA PS1 Records. Introduction by David Platzker.
This vinyl LP record, published in a limited edition of 2,000 copies, each signed and numbered by Gilbert & George, is a new and unique artwork on which the sculptors revisit their first mature work, The Singing Sculpture (1968)--their recording of Flanagan and Allen’s Depression- era song “Underneath the Arches”--as if it were an old friend they had not seen in years, reminiscing with it and bringing their liaison up to date on their most recent art, thoughts and endeavors in the fashion of a radio show or podcast. In an age of soundbites, Gilbert & George conceived The Thoughts of Gilbert & George to be savored as one would take in a picture or a radio-personality show in the predigital era. Not simply a visit to their past, it generously welcomes its listeners into their archives and studio to spend time with them and their art, deeply engaging with us from their world on the eastern edge of London and extending throughout our globe.
The first book by Gilbert & George was published in 1971, by Gebrüder König, in a small edition. Long out of print, Side by Side is at last being republished. Described in a new preface as “a contemporary sculpture novel,” the book functions as a manifesto or declaration of Gilbert & George’s views on life and art, expressed through texts and images. The book is divided into three chapters, in sequences of spreads linking typographic elements with a single image. As with the first edition, the most striking visual feature of Side by Side is the beautiful hand-marbled cover that makes every copy a unique art object in itself. This edition is also signed and numbered by the duo; the edition size is 2,000, of which only 1,000 are commercially available.
1967-2010 in Alphabetical Order, Catalogue Raisonné
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Inigo Philbrick.
Gilbert & George Art Titles offers a new spin on the catalogue raisonné: a complete catalogue of the titles of all of the duo's works, from 1970 to the present, in the form of a continuous poetical index. Designed by the artists, it commences with their first performance at Nigel Greenwood Gallery in 1970, "3 Living Pieces"--flanking the title with the year on the left margin and the acronym "LS" ("living sculpture") on the right--and opens out into the more poetical titles for which they are known. The catalogue of works is also printed alphabetically, and each title is identified with an acronym indicating its format. Spanning more than 40 years of exhibitions, pictures, postcards, books and other formats, this volume constitutes an epic of accidental verse.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Michael Bracewell.
Gilbert & George have been creating extraordinary large-scale pictures together for more than 40 years, continually broaching such socially loaded topics as religion, sexuality and racial discrimination in their own visually arresting style. With over 150 color illustrations, this publication documents the artists' recent series Jack Freak Pictures, their largest sequence to date. The Jack Freak Pictures focus on the British national flag, the Union Jack, examining all of its connotations—from national pride and pageantry to Cool Britannia, football and even civic disobedience. Attiring themselves in medals and amulets and casting themselves against London street scenes, maps and the zinging red, white and blue of the national flag, Gilbert & George are once again not only the creators, but also the inhabitants of their own brash visual world. For this vivaciously designed monograph, novelist and cultural commentator Michael Bracewell supplies an introduction, in which he allies Gilbert & George to a lineage of independent-minded London visionaries.
Series editor Hans Ulrich Obrist here collects seven years worth of interviews with the hugely influential British artistic collaborators Gilbert & George, providing an intimate vision of what they consider the most important landmarks in their four-decade-long career together. Many of the conversations are delightfully performative.
This catalogue surveys the idiosyncratic performance and mixed-media artwork of the quirky art duo Gilbert & George. Over 100 works are included, from the first large drawings dating back to the 1970s, to the black-and-white wall compositions and the most recent large-scale photographs. Completing the book are critical essays and a detailed biography.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8.6 x 11 in. / 224 pgs / 97 color / 105 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 12/2/1996 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 1996
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788881580866TRADE List Price: $45.00 CDN $55.00