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Details & Cataloguing

Shake It Up: Works from the Mario Testino Collection - Afternoon Sale

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Gilbert and George
B. 1943 AND B. 1942
THE WALL
signed, titled and dated 1986; signed with the artists' initials and variously inscribed on the reverse of each panel
hand-dyed gelatin silver prints, in artist's frames, in 28 parts
overall: 241 by 353 cm. 94 7/8 by 139 in.
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Provenance

11 Duke Street Limited, London

Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1997

Exhibited

London, Tate Gallery; Munich, Haus der Kunst; and Turin, Castello di Rivoli, Gilbert & George: Major Exhibition, February 2007 - January 2008

Literature

Rudi Fuchs, Ed., Gilbert & George: The Complete Pictures 1971 - 2005, Volume I 1971-1988, London 2007, n.p., illustrated in colour 

Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Inigo Philbrick, Ed., Gilbert & George: Art Titles 1969-2010, Cologne 2011, p. 41 (text) 

Catalogue Note

"The grids are a natural part of making large photo-pieces. It is like a week has to be divided into day, for convenience. A house has to be made of bricks. You can’t make a house from one big brick. You cannot make a skyscraper with one enormous sheet of glass. Everything is in sections” (George cited in: Gilbert & George, Gilbert & George: The Complete Pictures 1971-1985, London 1997, p. 153).

Shake It Up: Works from the Mario Testino Collection - Afternoon Sale

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London