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GENTEEL PERVERSION: THE FILMS OF GILBERT & GEORGE. Chris Horrocks. Solar Books, Los Angeles, 2014. Distributed by University of Chicago Press. 104 pp. with 19 ills. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780983248071 In English.
Publisher's description: Gilbert and George are perhaps the world's most enduring and controversial artist duo, and the first to transform themselves into a permanent, living work of art. Incorporating their lives, fears, desires, and beliefs into their oeuvre, Gilbert and George with their almost alarming formality and raucous use of color have been alternately celebrated as frank observers of the human condition and accused of reactionary posturing, obscenity, and profanity. But while much has been written on their photo-pieces and their renowned performance The Singing Sculpture, scholars have long neglected the vital importance of video and film to the artists' work. Until now. In Genteel Perversion, Chris Horrocks traces Gilbert and George's trajectory from eccentric London art students to major international artists through the lens of their relationship with the moving image. By analyzing how their unique deployment of film and video has evolved over the past forty years, Horrocks shows that as Gilbert and George have embraced new technologies and networks to increase exposure, they have come to occupy a precarious position between using film and being filmed that is, being used by film.
Artist(s):Gilbert and George
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — Post-1970 — Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 158463
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