Gilbert & George - Contemporary Art Part II New York Thursday, November 13, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Texas Gallery, Houston; Galleria In Arco, Turin

  • Exhibited

    Bordeaux, CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, May 9-September 7, 1986; Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, September 28-November 9, 1986; Brussels, Palais des Beaux Arts, November 21, 1986-January 11, 1987; Madrid, Palacio de Velazquez, Parque del Retiro, February 4-March 29, 1987; Munich, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, April 15-June 14, 1987; London, Hayward Gallery, July 9-September 26, 1987: Gilbert & George: The Complete Pictures 1971-1985

  • Literature

    Gilbert & George, Gilbert & George: The Complete Pictures 1971-1985, Stuttgart, 1986, p. 192 (illustrated); Gilbert & George, Gilbert & George: The Complete Pictures 1971-2005 in Two Volumes, New York, 2007, p. 466 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The medium of the present lot marks it as one of a group of unusual variations on the familiar hand-tinted black and white photographs Gilbert & George are best known for producing in the early 1980’s.The disembodied facial features located in the center of this composition appear in several other of these works, including Mouth Worship and Pink Prince.With the artists beginning, during this time, to incorporate an increasingly broad spectrum of visual tropes, Friend Fear is an outstanding example that nods to both the abstract expressionism hallmarks and the tribal motifs the period made famous. 


Friend Fear (in 12 parts)

C-prints in the artists’ metal frames.
71 1/4 x 79 1/2 in. (181 x 201.9 cm) overall.
Signed, titled and dated "Gilbert + George Friend Fear 1983" lower right. 

$180,000 - 220,000 

Sold for $170,500

Contemporary Art Part II

14 Nov 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York