Author: Gilbert & George
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About this book:
Side by Side is a unique glimpse into the mercurial world that Gilbert & George construct around themselves. A ‘contemporary sculpture novel’, Side by Side functions as a kind of manifesto of their view of life and art. We follow them ‘in the Nature’, in a playful celebration of the Romantic flâneur as they traverse the English countryside as well as through ‘A Glimpse into the Abstract World’, in which brief but poetically ornate texts are teamed with hand-drawn, abstracted imagery.
The hand-marbled cover, each different and created by the artists themselves, makes each copy of this beautiful edition a unique art object. Side by Side is key to their subsequent pictures, performances and iconography, as well as a testament to their working vision: ‘Stand alone and standing for Art’.
They are limited edition (2,000) and signed by the artists.
About the authors:
Gilbert & George met as students on the sculpture course at St Martins School of Art, London, where they exhibited and created art together. They adopted the identity of ‘living sculptures’ in their art and their daily lives, becoming not only creators, but also the art itself. Gilbert & George place themselves, their thoughts and their feelings at the centre of their art, so almost all of the images they use are gathered within walking distance of their home in London’s East End. Their pictures capture a broad human experience, encompassing an astonishing range of emotions and themes. From rural idylls to gritty images of decaying London; from sex advertisements to religious fundamentalism.
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