Gilbert & George’s monumental artwork arrives at Lévy Gorvy in London

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This fall, Gilbert & George present The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting, composed of twenty-three monumental pieces with several panels, one of the first manifestations of their “Art for All” philosophy, reinforcing their reputation as “living sculptures”. – an identity and a belief maintained by the artists since their meeting at St Martin’s School of Art in London, fifty years ago last September.

ART IS NOT THE ONLY HOPE OF CREATING THE WAY FOR THE MODERN WORLD TO ENJOY THE SOPHISTICATION OF THE EXPRESSION OF DECADENT LIFE, 1971, Charcoal sculpture on paper, 110 1/4 x 177 1/8 inches (280 x 450 cm). Private collection. Photo by Stephen White. © 2017 Gilbert & Georges?

Opening at Lévy Gorvy in London on September 13, The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting will present the first charcoal “sculptures” on paper by the famous artist duo, on display in its Old Bond Street location until November 18. This will be the first exhibition in the UK to feature this set of landmark works, which was first shown at the Sonnabend Gallery, New York, in 1971, as an atmospheric backdrop to one of their most famous works. most famous, The Singing Sculpture.

“We are delighted to bring this important work to the UK, where the sculptures were made but have never been exhibited before,” said Lock Kresler, Senior Director of Lévy Gorvy London. “This exhibition features loans from MAXXI, Rome and the Sonnabend Collection Foundation, the Estate of Nina Sundell and Antonio Homem, as well as other major lenders. We are especially grateful to these partners, as well as Gilbert & George, who helped make this meeting possible. ‘

Gilbert & George: The General Jungle or continue sculpting September 13 – November 18, 2017
Vernissage: September 12, 6-8 p.m. Lévy Gorvy London www.levygorvy.com

About the artists
Gilbert Prousch (born 1943, Dolomites, Italy) and George Passmore (born 1942, Devon, England) met at St Martin’s School of Art, London, in 1967. They were both enrolled in the sculpture department and have formed a first alliance, in opposition to the minimal and conceptual ideologies prevalent among their contemporaries, instead developing an “Art for all” mantra. They soon realized that they were their art and have functioned as “living sculptures” ever since, sacrificing their individual identity to devote themselves to a more democratic artistic practice. Working in a variety of media (with squared ‘photo work’ becoming their signature format), they made life their main subject, placing taboos such as gender, religion, race and class at the heart of their work. job. In 1968 they established their studio at 12 Fournier Street in the East End of London, where they continue to live and work today.
Gilbert & George received the Turner Prize in 1986 and represented Great Britain at the 51st International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2005. In 2011, they received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Museum in New York. They have exhibited in institutions around the world, with recent presentations including Scapegoating Pictures, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2017); Luther und Die Avant Garde, St Matthew’s Church, Berlin (2017); The Early Years, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); and The Art Exhibition, Museum of Old and New Art, Berriedale, Tasmania (2015). Their works can be found in the permanent collections of major international museums, including: Tate Modern, London; the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; the Ludwig Museum, Cologne; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Cleveland Art Museum; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, among others.

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