Gilbert & George

Gilbert was born in 1943 in Dolomites, Italy
George was born in 1942 in Devon, UK
They both live and work in collaboration in London

Gilbert & George have long since been acknowledged icons of contemporary art.
In 1967 they met as students at St Martin's School of Art in London. By 1969 they were reacting against approaches to sculpture then dominant at St Martin's, which they regarded as elitist and poor at communicating outside an art context. Their strategy was to make themselves into sculpture, so sacrificing their separate identities to art and turning the notion of creativity on its head. Working as a pair and presenting themselves as ‘living sculpture’, incorporating themselves into their art, setting out to provoke their viewers, making them think and question conventions and taboos.
In 1971 Gilbert & George made their first ‘photo-pieces', which remained their dominant form of expression. They gradually shifted the emphasis of their subject-matter away from their own experiences of life. Instead they concentrated on the inner-city reality that confronted them on the street and on the structures and feelings that inform life such as religion, class, royalty, sex, hope, nationality, death, identity, politics and fear.
In their new LONDON PICTURES Gilbert & George present an epic survey (292 pictures) of modern urban life in all its volatility, tragedy, absurdity and routine violence. Brutal and declamatory, these brooding and disquieting pictures have been created from the sorting and classification by subject of nearly 4000 newspaper headline posters, stolen by the artists over a number of years.

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Gilbert & George have participated in many important group and solo exhibitions including 51st International Venice Biennale (2005), Turner Prize (1984) and Carnegie International (1985). They have had extensive solo exhibitions, including Whitechapel Gallery (1971-1972), National Gallery, Beijing (1993), Shanghai Art Museum (1993), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1995-1996), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998), Serpentine Gallery, London (2002), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2002), Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2004-2005), Tate Modern, London and Haus der Kunst, Munich (both 2007), Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (both 2008), "Jack Freak Pictures" at the CAC Malaga, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb and at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (all 2010), Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and Kunstmuseum Linz (both 2011), Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk (2011-2012) and "London Pictures" at the MKM, Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany and at the Casal Solleric Foundation, Mallorca, Spain (both 2013).

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney - MCA, Sydney, Australia
Tate Gallery London, UK
Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Torino, Italy
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, USA
National Museums, Liverpool, UK
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal


EXHIBITIONS:

27.03. - 20.04.2012
"LONDON  PICTURES"
Solo exhibition at ARNDT Berlin
CATALOGUE AVAILABLE

30.04. – 27.08.2011
"THE URETHRA POSTCARD ART"
Solo exhibition at ARNDT Berlin
CATALOGUE AVAILABLE

13.06.–18.09.2009
"JACK FREAK PICTURES"
Solo exhibtion at Arndt & Partner, Berlin
CATALOGUE AVAILABLE

Gilbert & George, LIFE AFTER DEATH, From: Utopian Pictures, 2014, 16 panels  254 × 302 cm, GILB0172 Gilbert & George, LIFE AFTER DEATH, From: Utopian Pictures, 2014, 16 panels 254 × 302 cm, GILB0172
Dez 28, 2010

Publication: The Complete Postcard Art of Gilbert and George

The Complete Postcard Art of Gilbert and George, 2010 The Complete Postcard Art of Gilbert and George, 2010

A double volume publication, reproducing the entire POSTCARD ART works created by Gilbert & George, with an essay by Michael Bracewell, is published by Prestel to accompany the exhibition helt in 2010 at ARNDT and further venues.
Language: English
1080 pages, 1006 colour plates
Hardcover
ISBN-10: 3791351168
ISBN-13: 978-3791351162
EUR 49,90
The catalogue is available at Amazon (free delivery included).

Feb 22, 2012

Save the date: Opening of Gilbert & George "LONDON PICTURES" on Thursday, 22 March from 3-6 p.m.

TERROR PLOT, From: London Pictures, 2011, 9 panels, 226 x 190 cm | 88.98 x 74.8 in, # GILB0142 TERROR PLOT, From: London Pictures, 2011, 9 panels, 226 x 190 cm | 88.98 x 74.8 in, # GILB0142

SAVE THE DATE
OPENING
GILBERT & GEORGE: LONDON PICTURES
Thursdy, 22 March from 3-6 p.m. The artist will be present.

The catalogue will be available in the gallery.
Please click here to see the complete list of exhibited works.
Exhibition runs from: 23 March to 30 May

Dez 28, 2009

Publication: Gilbert & George "Jack Freak Pictures", 2009

 Gilbert & George "Jack Freak Pictures", 2009  Gilbert & George "Jack Freak Pictures", 2009

This book was published on occasion of Gilbert & George "Jack Freak Pictures" first solo exhibition in Berlin at Arndt & Partner.
Publisher: Hatje Cantz, Ostfilern; Texts by Michael Bracewell, graphic design by Gilbert & George
English / German
2009. 176 pp., 153 color ills.
30,80 x 25,10 cm
clothbound
ISBN 978-3-7757-2505-7
Price 25 €

 

Aug 3, 2011

Documentary: GILBERT & GEORGE: THE URETHRA POSTCARD ART

Gilbert & George, THE URETHRA POSTCARD ART at ARNDT Berlin , 2011 Gilbert & George, THE URETHRA POSTCARD ART at ARNDT Berlin , 2011

GILBERT & GEORGE
THE URETHRA POSTCARD ART
30 April – 27 August 2011
Please click here, to watch a wonderful documentary on the exhibition with Gilbert & George.

Nov 2, 2010

Jack Freak Pictures - Gilbert & George at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, from 28 October 2010 until 23 November 2011

Gilbert & George, Exhibition View at Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels Gilbert & George, Exhibition View at Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
Dez 25, 2009

JACK FREAK PICTURES by Gilbert & George on tour at various European institutions

Gilbert & George, JACK FREAK PICTURES, exhibition view at Arndt & Partner, Berlin 2009 Gilbert & George, JACK FREAK PICTURES, exhibition view at Arndt & Partner, Berlin 2009

After the successful presentation of the JACK FREAK PICTURES at Arndt & Partner Berlin in 2009, the series will be touring to following European institutions from 2010 through 2012.

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) Málaga, Spain (5 Feb to 9 May 2010)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia (10 June to 26 Sept 2010)
Palais des Beaux Arts (Bozar), Brussels, Belgium (28 Oct 2010 to 23 Jan 2011)
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (24 Feb to 22 May 2011)
Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria (17 June to 9 Oct 2011)
Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland (10 Nov 2011 to early Feb 2012)

Exhibitions

GILBERT & GEORGE
London Pictures

23 March – 30 May 2012
Opening: 22 March from 3 – 6 p.m.
The artist will be present.

ARNDT Berlin is proud to present its inaugural exhibition of 'LONDON PICTURES' by Gilbert & George. This monumental body of 292 pictures is the largest series yet created by the acclaimed British artists. 19 pictures will be shown in Berlin.

For five decades, to international acclaim, Gilbert & George have been making art that is visionary, shocking, relentless, moral and richly atmospheric.

In these new ‘LONDON PICTURES’ (2011) Gilbert & George present an epic survey of modern urban life in all its volatility, tragedy, absurdity and routine violence. Brutal and declamatory, these brooding and disquieting pictures have been created from the sorting and classification by subject of nearly 4000 newspaper headline posters, stolen by the artists over a number of years. In their lucidity, no less than their insight into the daily realities of metropolitan life, the ‘LONDON PICTURES’ are Dickensian in scope and ultra-modern in sensibility.

Drawing directly on the quotidian life of a vast city, the ‘LONDON PICTURES’ allow contemporary society to recount itself in its own language. Within the townscape of this moral audit, Gilbert & George appear to pass like ghosts and seers, alternately watchful and distracted, as though their spirits were haunting the very streets and buildings that these pictures describe. The ‘LONDON PICTURES’ seem to comprise a great visual novel, revealing without judgment the ceaseless relay of urban drama, in all its gradations of hope and suffering.
Michael Bracewell, 2012


Gilbert was born in the Dolomites, Italy in 1943; George was born in Devon in 1942 and both live and work in London. Together they have participated in many important group and solo exhibitions including 51st International Venice Biennale (2005), Turner Prize (1984) and Carnegie International (1985). They have had extensive solo exhibitions, including Whitechapel Gallery (1971-1972), National Gallery, Beijing (1993), Shanghai Art Museum (1993), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1995-1996), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998), Serpentine Gallery, London (2002), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2002), Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2004-2005), Tate Modern, London, Haus der Kunst, Munich (both 2007), Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art (both 2008), ‘Jack Freak Pictures’, CAC Malaga, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (all 2010), Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Kunstmuseum Linz (both 2011) and Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk (2011-2012).

A catalogue documenting all 292 of the ‘LONDON PICTURES’ with an essay by Michael Bracewell will accompany the exhibition.

Gilbert & George will attend the press preview and the opening of the exhibition.

For further information, please contact:
Lisa Polten
0049 30 206 138 70
lisa at arndtberlin dot com

 

 

13.06.–18.09.2009
Gilbert & George
JACK FREAK PICTURES
Solo exhibtion at Arndt & Partner, Berlin

Gilbert & George JACK FREAK PICTURES, solo exhibtion at Arndt & Partner, Berlin Gilbert & George JACK FREAK PICTURES, solo exhibtion at Arndt & Partner, Berlin

PRESS RELEASE
As the international tour of the last Gilbert & George retrospective (2007–2009) did not include Berlin, Arndt & Partner are now all the more delighted to present a solo exhibition of the celebrity artist duo in its gallery rooms behind the Hamburger Bahnhof. It is the first Gilbert & George solo show in Berlin for 14 years. The exhibition features a selection of 20 large-scale pieces from the Jack Freak Pictures, the largest Gilbert & George group of pictures to date. The thrust of the content is given by the colors and shapes of the Union Jack flag that dominate the bulk of the pictures as well as the recurring motive of medals, emblems and trees. In the Jack Freak Pictures the artist duo explores aspects of nationhood and of the sentient individual in the nets of society. In his essay published in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition the British writer Michael Bracewell describes these pictures as “the most iconic, philosophically astute and visually violent works that Gilbert & George have ever created...”
Gilbert & George, who met as students of sculpture at St. Martin’s School of Art in London 42 years ago, embarked on a joint artistic career that was to encompass a wide range of media from drawing to video and their trademark pictures. Further, the pair revolutionized the concept of sculpture by presenting themselves as “living sculptures” dressed in the quintessentially British tailored suit, shirt and tie. But it was their monumental trademark pictures composed of a grid-like array of smaller images which they began to create in the early 70s that first brought them international fame. Figures, cityscapes, symbols, plants, bodily fluids, excrements and text interlock in pictorial messages as visually powerful as their content is provocative. The pictures, which started out in black and white and later assumed increasingly luminous, bold colors, generally also depict portraits of the artists themselves and seize on taboo subjects like sexuality, race, religion and national identity with a brash and fearless candor.
The Jack Freak Pictures again feature the bodies and/or faces of the artists. In these compositions, their bodies function as stylized representatives of the individual in society, whose relationship to social norms and categories, to national, religious and sexual identification processes is relentlessly explored and commented upon. Departing from their earlier oeuvre, some of their new pictures split the raw images into much smaller fragments before merging them into new forms.
The result is a fascinating kaleidoscopic mix of the monstrously grotesque with an intricate ornamental structure reminiscent of sacred art. In ever new variations, Gilbert & George order the signs and fragments of social life they find in their neighborhood – the multicultural East End of London –, where solidarity and friendship are as visible as intolerance and marginalization.
A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Michael Bracewell will be published by the Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, to accompany the exhibition.
GILBERT & GEORGE
Gilbert, born in 1943 in the Ladin Dolomites, Italy, studied at the Wolkenstein School of Art in South Tyrol, the Hallein School of Art in Austria and the Munich Academy of Fine Arts before coming to London and enrolling at St Martin’s School of Art. George, born in 1942 in Devon, England, studied at the Dartington Hall College of Art, the Oxford Art School and St. Martin’s School of Art, where he met Gilbert in Anthony Caro’s sculpture class in 1967. They have lived and worked together in London ever since.
The duo has accumulated a long list of international distinctions and exhibitions at major institutions. They were awarded the Turner Prize in 1986, a prize they had already been nominated for two years earlier, and represented the UK at the 51st Venice Biennial in 2005. Solo exhibitions of their art have been held at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1971 and 1996), the Guggenheim Museum, New York (1985), Wiener Secession, Vienna (1992), the National Art Gallery, Beijing (1993), the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris (1997), the Kunstmuseum Bonn (1999), the Serpentine Gallery, London (2002), and the Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht (2006). Their second retrospective, which toured museums including the Tate Modern, London (2007), and the Haus der Kunst, Munich (2007), was on show at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, until the beginning of the year.

30.04. - 27.08.2011
THE URETHRA POSTCARD ART OF GILBERT & GEORGE
Solo exhibition at ARNDT, Berlin

THE URETHRA POSTCARD ART OF GILBERT & GEORGE THE URETHRA POSTCARD ART OF GILBERT & GEORGE

 THE URETHRA POSTCARD ART OF GILBERT & GEORGE
 

POSTCARD PIECES / FLYER PICTURES and LONDON TELEPHONE BOX PICTURES
Nearly four decades after their first exhibition of Postcard Art, and twenty years after their last group of pictures made of selected postcards, Gilbert & George returned to this medium to make an extensive group of 564 new pieces. Typical postcard topics such as the Union Flag, landscapes, the Royal Family and tourist destinations, are complimented by telephone box cards and flyers, which are mainly focusing on prostitution. 52 pictures from this single largest group of art works by Gilbert & George will be exhibited at ARNDT Berlin from 29 April 2011.

A two-volume set catalogue published by Prestel illustrates all 1.004 new "The Urethra Postcard Pictures" and early Postcard Pictures (1972–1989), most of which have not yet been catalogued or exhibited before.

Michael Bracewell describes the significance of this body of work in his contribution for the catalogue as follows: “In their sheer visual intensity, the extremism of their language and above all the forceful unity of their composition, THE URETHRA POSTCARD PICTURES both extend the POSTCARD ART of Gilbert & George as a specific form, and comprise one of the most powerful, mesmeric and intensely conceived and created groups of artworks that the artists have ever made.”
Further available works here.

THE URETHRA POSTCARD ART OF GILBERT & GEORGE THE URETHRA POSTCARD ART OF GILBERT & GEORGE
THE URETHRA POSTCARD ART OF GILBERT & GEORGE THE URETHRA POSTCARD ART OF GILBERT & GEORGE

PALINDROME: Gilbert & George I Jitish Kallat

24 October 2013 - 19 December 2013
Opening: 23 October 2013, 5 pm – 10 pm on the occasion of the opening of the
Center of Contemporary Art (CCA) at Gillman Barracks

In the exhibition titled Palindrome, ARNDT brings together four artworks into conversation, two each by Gilbert and George and Jitish Kallat. Generationally far apart and geographically distant their art is often informed by the cities where they live; the quotidian and the unexceptional become the ground for playful and probing investigations. 
As with a ‘Palindrome’, where a text may be read the same way in either forward or reverse direction, the four pictures in the exhibition unfold in symmetry. For instance in ‘LIFE STRAIGHT’ from the remarkable ‘London Pictures’, Gilbert and George classify 4000 newspaper clipping based on a repeated key word ‘life’, their often shocking and contradictory recurrence create dense narratives overlaid on disintegrating self-portraits of the artists; their vigilant eyes penetrating these complex chronicles. In Kallat’s paintings a person might read a newspaper while criss-crossing zippers, evoking topographical views of street-maps or railway tracks, unveil an overcast sky, elsewhere a daily commute becomes the site for the celestial and the uncanny to dishevel the habitual. In Kallat’s paintings layered with varied references, a photographic image often acts as a trigger to proliferate the picture plane with stories; In Gilbert and George the grandeur and grammar of history painting is re-invented through the format of photography.
‘Palindrome’ animates the many formal and thematic overlaps between two artists in whose work the picture plane becomes a resourceful ground to fashion a vision of the world.

Parallel to the exhibition in the gallery, in the viewing room we present a selection of „Selfportraits“ by Gilbert & George, Sophie Calle, Joe Coleman, Maha Malluh, Mike Parr, Ariadhitya Pramuhendra and Agus Suwage.

ARNDT Singapore
Gallery Opening hours: Wed – Sat, 11am – 7pm / Sun, 11am – 6pm
Contact: Mariko Owen, Mariko@arndtberlin.com

Jitish Kallat
born in 1974 in Mumbai, India
lives and works in Mumbai

Jitish Kallat is one of the most exciting and dynamic Asian artists to have received international recognition in recent years. Working across a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography and installation, his work reflects a deep involvement with the city of his birth (Mumbai) and derives much of its visual language from his immediate urban environment. His subject matter has been described previously as 'the dirty, old, recycled and patched-together fabric of urban India'. Wider concerns include India's attempts to negotiate its entry into a globalised economy, addressing housing and transportation crises, city planning, caste and communal tensions, and government accountability.

Many of Kallat's works focus on Mumbai's downtrodden or dispossessed inhabitants, though treating them in a bold, colourful and highly graphic manner. Kallat traditionally mounts his paintings on bronze sculptures that are re-created from the wall adornments found on the 120-year-old Victoria Terminus train station in the centre of Mumbai.

“The city street is my university. One finds all the themes of life and art – pain, happiness, anger, violence and compassion – played out here in full volume. Scale is merely one of the many tools one can deploy in the creation of meaning, and decisions such as big, small, lifesize, etc., are as much acts of meaning creation as they may be retinal or aesthetic considerations.”
Jitish Kallat, quoted in The Asian Art Newspaper, February 2010

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Jitish Kallat participated all major shows about Indian art: “India: Art Now” at Arken Museum, Ishoij, Denmark, 2012-13, “Indian Highway IV”, MAXXI, 2012, Rome, Italy and in Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, 2011, Lyon, France “The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today,” Saatchi Gallery, London (2010), “Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art,” Essl Museum – Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austria, and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (both 2009), as well as “Indian Highway,” Serpentine Gallery, London (2008/09). Solo presentations include "Circa" at Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2012), "Public Notice 3" at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2010); "Likewise" at Arndt and Partner, Berlin (2010); "The Astronomy of the Subway" at Haunch of Venison, London (2010); Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (2008), „Die Tropen. Ansichten von der Mitte der Weltkugel“, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2008), The 6th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, Korea (2006), “Indian Summer”, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (2005 ) and the Kunsthalle Luckenwalde, Germany (1998).


Gilbert & George

Gilbert was born in 1943 in Dolomites, Italy
George was born in 1942 in Devon, UK
They both live and work in collaboration in London

Gilbert & George have long since been acknowledged icons of contemporary art.
In 1967 they met as students at St Martin's School of Art in London. By 1969 they were reacting against approaches to sculpture then dominant at St Martin's, which they regarded as elitist and poor at communicating outside an art context. Their strategy was to make themselves into sculpture, so sacrificing their separate identities to art and turning the notion of creativity on its head. Working as a pair and presenting themselves as ‘living sculpture’, incorporating themselves into their art, setting out to provoke their viewers, making them think and question conventions and taboos.
In 1971 Gilbert & George made their first ‘photo-pieces', which remained their dominant form of expression. They gradually shifted the emphasis of their subject-matter away from their own experiences of life. Instead they concentrated on the inner-city reality that confronted them on the street and on the structures and feelings that inform life such as religion, class, royalty, sex, hope, nationality, death, identity, politics and fear.
In their new LONDON PICTURES Gilbert & George present an epic survey (292 pictures) of modern urban life in all its volatility, tragedy, absurdity and routine violence. Brutal and declamatory, these brooding and disquieting pictures have been created from the sorting and classification by subject of nearly 4000 newspaper headline posters, stolen by the artists over a number of years.

CV
Gilbert & George have participated in many important group and solo exhibitions including 51st International Venice Biennale (2005), Turner Prize (1984) and Carnegie International (1985). They have had extensive solo exhibitions, including Whitechapel Gallery (1971-1972), National Gallery, Beijing (1993), Shanghai Art Museum (1993), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1995-1996), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998), Serpentine Gallery, London (2002), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2002), Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2004-2005), Tate Modern, London, Haus der Kunst, Munich (both 2007), Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art (both 2008), ‘Jack Freak Pictures’, CAC Malaga, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (all 2010), Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Kunstmuseum Linz (both 2011) and Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk (2011-2012). The "London Pictures" have been on exhibited at Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg (2013) and Casal Solleric, Mallorca, Spain (2013).

 

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