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Gilbert and George: A Portrait

Daniel Farson

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ISBN 10: 0002558572 / ISBN 13: 9780002558570
Published by Harpercollins Pub Ltd, 1999
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Gilbert and George: A Portrait

Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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A biography of the artists Gilbert and George. They have marketed their work with single-mindedness since they appeared together in the late 1960s. Their technique "D" taking thousands of photographs, assembling a theme in panels and dyeing them in vivid colours, is unequalled. Their relationship appears odd to the outsider, but is undeniably a great love story. Their appearance (identical three-buttoned suits) has become their trademark.


This affectionate, almost loving portrait of two of Britain's most distinguished and controversial artists is made all the more poignant by the fact that the biographer, art journalist and author Daniel Farson, died while writing it. Being about Gilbert & George, the salacious material is fairly unorthodox--the most shocking revelation is that George married as a young man and has two children--and for the most part Farson is almost apologetic about any intrusion into Proesch and Passmore's (their surnames) private lives. The first half of the book takes us from their childhoods in the Dolomites and Tiverton via their meeting at St. Martin's School of Art in the late 1960s to their current status as art icons. The second half sees Farson following them around--Moscow, Shanghai, Barnstable--as they exhibit around the world. Farson wisely highlights his admiration at the outset, and the reader is clear that this is no hatchet job. That said, he covers both the art and the lives with a straightforward professionalism that is never less than absorbing. This book is a fine tribute to Gilbert & George; equally, their closing words are a fine tribute to Farson: "On 27 November our dear Daniel died, not knowing how much we loved him (though we told him often enough)." --Nick Wroe

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