Gilbert & George
Side by Side is a unique glimpse into the mercurial world that Gilbert & George construct around themselves. A ‘contemporary sculpture novel’, Side by Side functions as a kind of manifesto of their view of life and art. We follow them ‘in the Nature’, in a playful celebration of the Romantic flâneur as they traverse the English countryside, through ‘A Glimpse into the Abstract World’, in which brief but poetically ornate texts are teamed with hand-drawn, abstracted imagery.
‘The Reality in Our Living’, provides the gritty urban flipside to their earlier bucolic idyll and the black-and-white images flesh out the words of the Flanagan & Allen music hall song, ‘Underneath the Arches’. This was the soundtrack to the celebrated Singing Sculpture that they had first presented in 1969.
The hand-marbled cover, created by the artists themselves, makes each copy of this beautiful edition a unique art object. Side by Side is key to their subsequent pictures, performances and iconography, as well as a testament to their working vision: ‘Stand alone and standing for Art’.
Each copy in this edition of 2000 is signed and numbered by the artists.