Gilbert & George: The Singing Sculpture


Introduction by Robert Rosenblum

Gilbert & George first presented The Singing Sculptures in 1969. Mounting a table, their faces and hands painted in metallic colours and wearing neat, if ill-fitting suits, they executed automaton-like movements as a cassette recorder repeatedly played “Underneath the Arches”, a Depression-era song about two down-at-heels drifters.

Documented in this book are photographs of their live performance at Sonnabend Gallery in 1971. They remind us of the metallic frozen statue guys down at the Circular Quay, busking for money. But obvs a million times better!

Also inside is an original analytic essay by critic Carter Ratcliff that probes the puzzle of Gilbert & George’s uncanny, disquieting mix of traditional Tory attitudes with an iconography that has increasingly been drawn from social and sexual margins.

Publication date: 1993

Publisher: Anthony McCall Gallery

Details: Hardcover with dust jacket. Large. 63pp.

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