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Title
The Red Sculpture Album (#1)
Date
1976
Dimensions
framed 15.5 × 18.75 inches
Materials
photographs from a hardbound book
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Books (Books)
Accession Number
1977.46.1
Inscriptions
on title page “GILBERT AND GEORGE”
Physical Description
one with glasses on leftartists full names: G. Proesch and G. Passmore
Credit Line
Art Center Acquisition Fund, 1977

object label Gilbert &Amp; George (G. Proesch and G. Passmore), The Red Sculpture Album (#1-11) (1976) Walker Art Center, 1998

In The Red Sculpture Album (#1-11) the artists themselves, Gilbert & George, are the work of art. The album derives directly from their performances, in which they gave a stilted rendition of the English music hall anthem “Underneath the Arches.” The performance entitled Singing Sculpture is on view in Gallery 1.

Their art is rooted in paradox. The deliberately plain quality of their dress has anonymous clerical overtones, and in its leveling of individuality, contrasts sharply with the brilliant red of their faces and hands. Their positions, changing from image to image, create the impression of an impassive ritual or dance. Somehow, like Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin, they contrive to be ludicrous and decorous at the same time. They are “living sculptures,” making art by being art.

In their statements Gilbert & George have constantly emphasized dedication to their task, exclaiming in mock piety, “We would like to say to you, ‘Art, how happy we are to be your sculptors. Oh, Art, please let us relax with you. To be with Art is all we ask.’ ”

Label text for Gilbert &Amp; George (G. Proesch and G. Passmore), The Red Sculpture Album (#1-11) (1976), from the exhibition 100 Years of Sculpture: From the Pedestal to the Pixel, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 22-May 24, 1998.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center

object label Gilbert & George, The Red Sculpture Album (1976) Walker Art Center, 1998

The art of Gilbert & George is rooted in paradox. In The Red Sculpture Album, which is derived directly from their performances, these British artists are themselves the work of art. The deliberate anonymity of their dress has nostalgic overtones and contrasts with the brilliant red of their faces and hands. Their positions, changing from page to page, create the impression of an impassive ritual or dance. Like Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin, they contrive to be ludicrous and decorous at the same time. Their abiding paradox is that they are “living sculptures,” making art by being art.

Label text for Gilbert & George, The Red Sculpture Album (1976), from the exhibition Performance in the 1970s: Experiencing the Everyday, Andersen Window Gallery, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, May 24-November 8, 1998.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center