Gilbert & George: London Pictures

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Gilbert & George’s LONDON PICTURES are their largest group of works, inspired by a collection of 3,712 newspaper posters amassed by the artists. This catalogue documents the 2024-25 exhibition at The Gilbert & George Centre.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from August 2024.

ISBN: 9780903696890 Category:

By (artist) Gilbert & George

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Gilbert & George’s London Pictures are their largest group of works, inspired by a collection of 3,712 newspaper posters amassed by the artists. This catalogue documents the 2024-25 exhibition at The Gilbert & George Centre.

Gilbert & George’s London Pictures, created in 2011, are their largest group of works, inspired by a collection of 3,712 newspaper posters carefully amassed and sorted by the artists over several years. In their words, ‘London is the most important part of our inspiration. It is all that surrounds us’, and the artworks articulate the magnificence and sordidness of London life. The posters’ headlines announce violence, passion, misery and greed, a veritable torrent of human existence.

Writer and novelist Michael Bracewell’s essay, written in 2011, considers how Gilbert & George came to know London by roaming the streets as Dickens did a century earlier, absorbing the city in exact proportion to the manner the city absorbed them. He depicts the London Pictures as the cumulative force and intensity of the pair’s art to date.

This catalogue features the twenty-eight London Pictures displayed at The Gilbert & George Centre in their 2024-25 exhibition, alongside a scale model of the show and exhibition views. It has been over a decade since these works were first unveiled on a global tour and many have never been shown in the UK previously.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 30 x 24.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 22 August 2024
Number of pages 56
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Text by Michael Bracewell
Dimensions 30 x 24.5 cm
Weight 300 g

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Gilbert & George began creating art together in 1967 when they met at Central St Martins, and from the beginning - in their films and LIVING SCULPTURE performances - they have appeared as figures in their own art. The 'two men, one artist' believe that everything is potential subject matter for art. They address social issues and taboos, challenging what might be considered 'good taste'. The backdrop and inspiration for much of their art is the East End of London where Gilbert & George have lived for nearly fifty years.