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The Red Sculpture Album (Portfolio)
Gilbert & George
overall 15-¼ × 20 inches
photographs from a hardbound book
Not on view

Object Details

Books (Books)
Accession Number
on title page “GILBERT AND GEORGE”
Physical Description
artists’ 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.

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