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Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd; First Edition edition (24 April 1989)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0500235457
ISBN-13: 978-0500235454
Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 20.8 x 4.8 cm

Hardback book signed, dedicated and dated on the inside page (see scans below). Dated 'July 4th 1990, London'.


book info (inside flap)

With 406 illustrations, 291 in colour.

'Always be smart he dressed, well groomed, relaxed, friendly, polite and in complete control'. The first of Gilbert and George's 'Laws of the Sculptors' gives the simplest account of their famous and (to some people) still baffling joint persona. Since the late 1960s, when they left art school and proclaimed themselves 'living sculptures', their work has always been sculpture. This is so, not in any technical sense, but in the sense that every work is a self-contained and self-justifying object.

How did Gilbert & George come to define themselves, for a time, as objects? And how did those early works lead them to the vast compositions based on photographic images which they have been producing since the late 1970s? These are striking and disturbing works; and yet the technique forces our attention to remain on the surface, held there by flat, glowing colours and an overlying grid. In Gilbert & George's words: 'You will see it as a whole, as a work of art on the wall, instead of looking for its content.'

In this, the first full-length illustrated exposition of the art of Gilbert & George, Wolf Jahn traces its development by setting it in the widest possible cultural context. With the help of over 400 reproductions - 291 in superb colour - he shows how Gilbert & George first embodied in themselves the plight of their own age - the impasse of modernism, with its crises of values and its imitation of the lifeless rigidity of a dehumanized environment - and then embarked on a symbolic process of decline, plainly documented in their works. They emerged into a new world of their own, based on sexual polarities and blazing with life and growth.

The art of Gilbert & George, as described by Wolf Jahn, exists on a cosmic scale.


about author (back flap)

Wolf Jahn was born in Stuttgart in 1958, and currently works (1990) as a freelance writer in Hamburg. In recent years he has promoted the works of Gilbert and George through numerous lectures and catalogues.

Images Gilbert and George. All Rights Reserved.

5 STARS OUT OF FIVE

Paul Page



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