Globally famous and relentlessly controversial, Gilbert & George first met in September, 1967 and have lived and worked together as a single artist ever since. During the half century to date of their partnership, Gilbert & George have had major museum shows all over the world and been the recipients of honours, awards and prizes in many countries.Provocative, visionary, timelessly modern, their art explores the moods and feelings of the fast, volatile urban world. Confrontational, shocking, poetic, their art has always spoken to youth, internationally, while describing so intensely the passage of time. In answering the question posed by its title, and drawing on his twenty year relationship with the artists, Michael Bracewell is the first writer to engage directly with Gilbert & George to understand why they have devoted their lives - exclusively and continuously - to the vision of art they conceived within months of first meeting. What emerges piece by piece is a portrait of Gilbert & George as two men who are infinitely more intense, strange, determined and alone than their longstanding public image suggests. 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. Retrospective Monograph, presented as a primer. One of the single best books on the transgressive art of Gilbert & George. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as hardcover original only. A brilliant production by Gilbert & George: Regular-sized volume format. Glossy pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Art by Gilbert & George. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Italy to the highest standards. Presents What Is Gilbert & George? The short answer: Resonant layers of meaning engendered by the artists' juxtaposition of traditional British attitudes with iconography drawn from the social and sexual margins. Performance artists who also use the traditional genres and photography, Gilbert & George are transgressive in that they re-value (rather than de-value) their central British-ness and self-imposed marginal status at the same time. Over the course of 37 short chapters, Bracewell has created an accessible handbook to their work. Provides candid insights into their working practice, East London, sex, Victorian art, nationalism, and male-ness, among many other subjects (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Gilbert & George collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen-marker on the front free endpaper by the artists: "With love from Gilbert & George".
It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. There is no recipient named.
This title is now collectible, and will become a contemporary art classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: There is NO American Edition. A rare signed copy thus.Lavishly illustrated with colour plates. Two of the most important and influenti al artists of our time. Please look at my other items including rare modern and contemporary art and design pieces. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Books". The seller is "ashbinx74" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.