First published in 1974, Dark Shadow was created by Gilbert & George as a ‘living sculpture book’. Long out of print, this new edition enables anyone to own a little piece of their art.
Gilbert & George describe Dark Shadow as a living sculpture book, a ‘result of our past three years of earnest daily thoughts, shadows, deeds, cares and pleasures.’ Written by the artists, Dark Shadow offers a unique perspective on their work and an insight into their minds. Like their art, Gilbert & George’s writing is irreverent, rebellious, fantastical, often funny and deeply poetic. Each book is a piece of art in itself; uniquely bound in hand marbled cloth created by the pair. Dark Shadow is structured into eight chapters, which elaborate on different aspects of their work such as ‘Gordons Gin’, ‘Bloody Life’ and ‘Human Bondage’. It includes original photographs of Gilbert & George, their famous home in Spitalfields and paintings. As is emblazoned on the cover, Dark Shadow is a continuation of their lifelong agenda ‘Art for All.’