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The Limericks. A Postal Sculpture in Eight-Parts. (Complete Set)

Gilbert & George

London. Art For All (self-published). 1971
An excellent complete set of the cards for Gilbert and George's second and decidedly most elusive postal sculptures.

Each element was mailed during the course of 1971, the cards themselves with the printed dates 11th March - 19th May, the franking revealing they were sent April - October. The cards are reflective of Gilbert & George's socio-philosophic 'dead-pan' concerns / enthusiasms: boredom, manliness, worldliness, etc.

Each card is signed in red ink by Gilbert & George and each has the printed dedication to the original subscriber; this set is without the mailing envelopes.

Cards are entitled as follows:

1st Limerick - Lost Day, 11 March, 1971.
2nd Limerick - Shyness, 29th March 1971.
3rd Limerick - Experience, 2nd April, 1971.
4th Limerick - Worldliness, 13th April, 1971.
5th Limerick - Idiot Ambition, 24th April, 1971.
6th Limerick - Normal Boredom, 1st May, 1971.
7th Limerick - Manliness, 15th May, 1971.
Last Limerick - Artist's Culture, 19th May, 1971.

[(Eindhoven) Gilbert & George 1968 to 1980, pp. 86 - 87; Die Sammlung Marzona in der Kunstbibliothek pg.120].
8 folded sheets of card. (Each c.125 x 200 mm). Each card illustrated with a photo-based design printed in black to the front, dedication and title verso, printed poetic text caption within the card and signatures of the artists in red ink; cards are printed alternately on cream or white paper with deckle edges.