Gilbert & George - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Friday, May 11, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Estate of Marcia May
    Sonnabend Gallery, New York
    Robert Miller Gallery, New York
    Sale: Christie's, New York, Post War and Contemporary Art: Afternoon Session, May 17, 2007, lot 308
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Robert Miller Gallery, Gilbert & George, January-February 1994
    Museo d’Arte Moderna Della Citta di Lugano, 1994
    Los Angeles, Chac-Mool Gallery, Contemporary Photography Groop Show, June-July 1999

  • Literature

    J. Debbaut, Gilbert & George: The Complete Pictures, 1971-2005, London, pp. 649 and 809 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Artists Gilbert and George place themselves, their thoughts and their feelings at the very center of their art, and almost all of the imagery incorporated into their work is gathered within walking distance of their home in London’s East End. Although their work is personalized so much, the results capture a broad human experience, encompassing an intriguing range of emotions and themes, including rural narratives, gritty images of London's city-scape, brightly colored panoramas,hard examinations of humanity, sexual advertisements, and religious fundamentalism.
    From the start of their career, Gilbert and George wanted to communicate to the public images that go beyond the esoteric boundaries of an exclusive art world. Their artistic output is meant to speak directly to the widest variety of people, regardless of nationality, faith, political viewpoint or sexuality, leading them to rightfully adopt the slogan 'Art for All'.
    "The idea is always to make pictures that will form all of our futures a little bit. We want life to be different as a result of our exhibitions. We want people to be affected by seeing the pictures. We want them to go home and be different." - Gilbert
    (Gilbert & Georgewith David Sylvester, "I Tell You Where There's Irony in Our Work: Nowhere, Nowhere, Nowhere," Gilbert & George: The Rudimentary Pictures, New York, 1998)



nine hand-dyed gelatin silver prints in the artist's frames
each: 33 3/8 x 28 in. (84.8 x 71.1 cm)

overall: 100 x 84 in. (254 x 213.4 cm)

Signed, titled and dated "Carry, 1992, Gilbert & George" lower right.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

Contemporary Art Day
11 May 2012
New York