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Gilbert & George: The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting, Late Summer 1971

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Gilbert & George: The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting, Late Summer 1971

Introduction by Michael Bracewell. Poetry by Kostas Anagnopoulos.

Hardcover, 12 x 11 in (305 x 279 mm)

104 pages

English Language

Published by Levy Gorvy

About This Book

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).

Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George are an influential collaborative artist duo. Best known for their distinctive brightly colored photo collages, they describe their art as living sculpture. Mostly comprised of large-scale photographs, their oeuvre spans the subjects of traditional black-and-white photography, queer culture, and ultra-violence. Indebted to Pop Art, Conceptualism, and performance art, their work went on to influence the art of the Young British Artists, including Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin. Gilbert Prousch born on September 17, 1943 in Martin Tor, Italy and George Passmore born on January 8, 1942 in Plymouth, United Kingdom, met and fell in love in 1967 while studying at Saint Martin's School of Art in London. The artists have enjoyed decades of critical and popular acclaim, including a retrospective at the Tate Modern in London and representing the United Kingdom at the 2005 Venice Biennale.

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