Gilbert & George - Contemporary Art Part II New York Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg/Paris

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac; Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint - Etienne Metropole and Hannover, kestnergesellschaft, Gilbert & George 20 London E1 Pictures, June 12, 2004 - July 17, 2005

  • Literature

    M. Luisa Gartner, ed., Gilbert & George Twenty London East One Pictures, France/Germany 2004, pp. 54 - 55 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Writing, words and letters, the names of streets and squares in the East
    End of London—these dominate Gilbert & Goerge’s new series 20 London E1
    Pictures.The artist duo has lived and worked in the E1 district for over thirty years. It is a melting-pot of various cultures, a mixture of hip scene
    and acute poverty, in itself a macrocosm within a macrocosm.With rigorous
    austerity the artists display the names of the places around them on plates
    designed in contrasting black, white and red. Some of these plates bear a
    signet consisting of the postcode E1 and the initials of Gilbert & George…
    Amid the printed signs, as usual, are Gilbert & George themselves…In
    many of the ‘London E1’ pictures, a completely new feature is to be observed.
    The figures of Gilbert & George vanish into a diffuse blur, grow indistinct
    and seem to dissolve.The portrayals have the effect of infra-red or X-ray
    images, whitish-grey with a reddish tinge, digitally manipulated silhouettes.
    Gilbert & George recently computerized their entire production. In Four
    Haunts, the blurred silhouettes are veiled and ghostly. (A. Prenzler, “How
    Living Sculptures Become Ghosts,” Twenty London East One Pictures,
    kestnergesellschaft, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Metropole
    and the GalleryThaddaeus Ropac, Paris, 2004.)

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Four Haunts

2003
Nine hand-dyed photographs in artist’s metal frames.
27 7/8 x 33 1/4 in. (71 x 84.5 cm) each; 83 3/4 x 99 7/8 in. (213 x 253.5 cm) overall.
Signed "Gilbert & George” along lower edge.

Estimate
$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $144,000

Contemporary Art Part II

18 May 2007
10am & 2pm New York