Gilbert and George: The Singing Sculpture

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In their paintings, sculptures, photo-pieces and performances, the British duo Gilbert & George have proven themselves witty, subversive social commentators. This oversize, profusely illustrated album documents The Singing Sculpture , a performance piece in which Gilbert & George--impeccably dressed, their faces and hands splotched with metallic paint--stand on a table and impersonate automatons who repetitively croon a Depression-era music-hall song about two London tramps. The duo baffled and entranced New York City gallery-goers with this ``living sculpture'' in 1971 and again in 1991. Art historian Rosenblum interprets the piece as a commentary on homelessness, poverty and the mechanization of popular entertainment. Ratcliff, contributing editor of Art in America , provocatively presents Gilbert & George as didactic artists who celebrate the world and who attempt to awaken each member of their audiences to his or her true individuality. This is the first title from a new publisher, and it's a stunner. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963564900
  • Publisher: Anthony McCall Associates
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 9.96 (w) x 13.34 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2000

    A book about a contemporary art work, but an important one.

    Good way to approache to one of the most important and famous works of Gilbert and George. Losing their individuality, two people become an artist and transform their own life into an art work. For The Singing Sculpture, Gilbert & George become metalic living sculptures and repete a sequence of robotical movements and gestures again and again, while a song plays. This book includes 20 color photographies of the presentation of The Singing Sculpture in Sonnabend Gallery, NY, in 1991 and B&W photos, documents, and reviews of early presentations (1969-1973). Excellent material if you have special interest in the works of Gilbert & George. A book about an art work only, but a very important, relevant, original, and controversial art work.

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