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A Guide to Singing Sculpture by Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George

London. Self-published / Art for All. 1970
The rare ephemeral booklet, the 'guide' for one of Gilbert and George's earliest works, 'Singing Sculpture'.

Gilbert & George's 'Singing Sculpture' work, performed over a number of years, was one of their earliest and most iconic 'hits'. For the performance they painted themselves in bronze and sung and danced to a 1930s song titled 'Underneath the Arches'.

The preface reads: 'The / most beautiful / moving, original / fascinating and serious / art-piece you have ever / seen. It consists of / two sculptors, one / stick, one glove / and one / song.'

This first edition is of considerable rarity.
[2 folded sheets]. 8vo. (200 x 125 mm). Inserted leaf of cream paper with preface recto and text 'Six Points / towards a better understanding' verso, page with text 'Sculpting Words' and 'GG' red stamp (page pasted to rear wrapper). Original publisher's white printed wrappers with titles to front cover in black.
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