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Gilbert and George Jack Freak Pictures

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 giugno 2009

gilbertBerlin until 18/9/2009 Arndt & Partner Hamburger Bahnhof As the international tour of the last Gilbert & George retrospective (2007-2009) did not include Berlin, Arndt & Partner are now all the more delighted to present a solo exhibition of the celebrity artist duo in its gallery rooms behind the Hamburger Bahnhof. It is the first Gilbert & George solo show in Berlin for 14 years.  The exhibition features a selection of 20 large-scale pieces from the Jack Freak Pictures, the largest Gilbert & George group of pictures to date. The thrust of the content is given by the colors and shapes of the Union Jack flag that dominate the bulk of the pictures as well as the recurring motive of medals, emblems and trees. In the Jack Freak Pictures the artist duo explores aspects of nationhood and of the sentient individual in the nets of society. In his essay published in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition the British writer Michael Bracewell describes these pictures as -the most iconic, philosophically astute and visually violent works that Gilbert & George have ever created…- The result is a fascinating kaleidoscopic mix of the monstrously grotesque with an intricate ornamental structure reminiscent of sacred art. In ever new variations, Gilbert & George order the signs and fragments of social life they find in their neighborhood – the multicultural East End of London -, where solidarity and friendship are as visible as intolerance and marginalization. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Michael Bracewell will be published by the Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, to accompany the exhibition. (gilbert)

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