With Gilbert & George in Moscow


By Daniel Farson

In the Spring of 1990, Daniel Farson flew to Moscow with Gilbert & George. He was there to cover their exhibition for the Sunday Telegraph, but the experience became so strange that he came downstairs one morning in the Ukraine Hotel and told them – “This should be a book”.

Apart from the problems of staging such a show in Russia – the catalogues weighed 7 ½ tons alone – they arrived at a crucial time in Moscow’s history. Despite a sense of impending doom there was a momentary mood of optimism, a fleeting freedom reflected in the speech by a Soviet spokesman who admitted that such an event would not have been allowed in the previous years of ‘stagnation’.

Farson asks, ‘Why the hatred?’ and ‘Who are Gilbert & George?’ Approaching them with an open mind he presents the case both for and against them.

Publication date: 1991

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Details: First Edition. Hardcover with Dust jacket

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