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The Pencil on Paper Descriptive Works of Gilbert & George the sculptors

Gilbert & George

London. Art For All. (Self-published). 1970
A rare example of Gilbert & George's very first booklet sealed in the original envelope.

Issued in an edition of 500 copies, each copy numbered in ink to the rear cover and with the stamped red 'GG' emblem on the final page of text, this copy remains sealed within the original envelope with the stamp 'DELICATE / BALANCES OF / VIEWING IN TIME' in red to the front cover at upper right and with the 'GG' stamp verso.

The plates illustrate examples of G&G's early large-scale folded drawings which were executed after photographs of the artists.

The artists' preface reveals the importance which they attached to this publication: 'It is our wish / that the reader should / come to regard this booklet / as an insight into / an understanding of our drawings / as an explanation / of our living art life / On completion of this booklet / it came strongly to us / that our work on it / had resulted in a sculpture ... '.

[(Eindhoven) - Gilbert & George 1968-1980, p.75; Printed Matter. Die Sammlung Marzona in der Kunstbibliothek. The Marzona Collection at the Kunstbibliothek, p.120; Künstler Bücher I, Krefelder Kunstmuseen 1993, p. 66, no.1].
[8 leaves; pp. 12 including pp. 4 of hors texte illustration]. 8vo. (204 x 125 mm). Printed text on cream paper and with 4 pages of sepia-toned photographic plates on glossy paper bound in the centre. Original publisher's white printed wrappers, sealed in original envelope with stamp in red (see below) to front and 'GG' stamp to rear.