Gilbert and George by Carter Ratcliff
The Singing Sculpture

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Gilbert & George first presented THE SINGING SCULPTURE in 1969, then repeated it over the next three years in Europe, Australia & the United States. In the fall of 1991, for the twentieth anniversary of the respected Sonnabend Art Gallery in New York, they gave a reprise performance to critical acclaim. Two decades since its inception, THE SINGING SCULPTURE is as fresh, as moving, as relevant- & as controversial- as the day it was created. The book celebrates the event with visually compelling color plates which closely track the work's choreography of expression & gesture, together with a section of striking duotones which document the 1969-71 presentations. The essays reflect on the work's seminal relationship to the themes developed in Gilbert & George's later art, & its groundbreaking place among the disparate avant-garde political & cultural strategies promulgated by such figures as Joseph Beuys & Jeff Koons.

About Carter Ratcliff

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Carter Ratcliff is a poet and an art critic. His books include Fever Coast (1973), a collection of poems; Give Me Tomorrow (1983), a collection of poems with illustrations by Alex Katz; John Singer Sargent (1983); The Fate Of A Gesture: Jackson Pollock And Postwar American Art (1998); and Out Of The Box: The Reinvention of Art 1965-1975 (2000). He was awarded the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism by the College Art Association in 1987.
Published May 1, 1993 by Distributed Art Pub Inc (Dap). 63 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical, History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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In their paintings, sculptures, photo-pieces and performances, the British duo Gilbert & George have proven themselves witty, subversive social commentators.

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London Review of Books

It is, Kramer observes, ‘theoretically conceivable, perhaps, that there might exist an artist capable of making a significant work of art out of such materials, but I frankly doubt it’ – and yet he considers such artists as Goya, David, Géricault, Daumier and Courbet as the ancestors of modern ar...

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