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'Oh, the Grand Old Duke of York'

Gilbert & George

Lucerne. Kunstmuseum Luzern. 1972
Gilbert and George's artist flipbook.

'Oh, the Grand Old Duke of York' was published by the duo of Gilbert (Gilbert Proersch, born 1943 in the South Tyrol) and George (George Passmore, born 1942 in Deorn [sic], England). A flipbook, the work depicts the artists descending a flight of steps, and, when reversed, the artists walking backwards up the same flight of steps.

The first page of the book bears a transcript of the nursery rhyme 'Oh, the Grand Old Duke of York'. The German text, printed after the work includes an introduction / postface and a critical essay 'Gilbert & George (die intelligentesten, faszinierendsten, ernsthaftesten und schonsten Kunstler, die Ihr je gesehen habt)' by Barbara M. Reise. Text - other than nursery rhyme - in German.
Small folio. Illustrated with thirty-five monochrome photographs, each with the subtitle 'No UP, No DOWN', printed at the right-hand page edge to form a flipbook depicting Gilbert and George walking down a flight of steps. Original publisher's white printed wrappers.