Gilbert & George: The Meaning of the Earth


The Meaning of the Earth places the Art of Gilbert & George within the context of C20th art and how they have revolutionised our view of Christianity and the human soul.

This book is not yet published, but will be available from January 2023.

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Gilbert & George, Wolf Jahn


The Meaning of the Earth describes an almost unknown revolution that took place in London the 1970s. A revolution where a bloody power struggle raged for many years before its decisive battle ended with a tremendous sacrifice. But no lives were lost in this revolution, just as it was unmarked by rebellious pathos and public calls to violence. Nor did it intervene in contemporary society. Instead it toppled a regime internalised in western individuals. It led to the death of the decrepit and irretrievably dialectically animated spirit that had set the historical revolutions in motion, inspired them and drove them on. It ended too the Christian-influenced and increasingly secular salvation history, and opened a new evolutionary chapter.

Its two revolutionaries, Gilbert & George, emerge not unscathed but nonetheless victorious from this inner power struggle. Wolf Jahn’s text tells of their world revolution of the soul in the twentieth century and its fruitful results in the form of a new creation and anthropogenesis.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 20 x 25 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 27 January 2023
Number of pages 560
Format Hardback
Dimensions 20 x 25 cm
Weight 300 g


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Wolf Jahn: Born in Stuttgart in 1955, he currently works as a freelance writer. Over the past forty years he has studied and written extensively about the works of Gilbert & George.

Gilbert & George: Since they met at St Martin's School of Art in 1967 and proclaimed themselves 'living sculptures', Gilbert & George have been making art that continuously asks us to question what it is that makes us human.