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Gilbert & George (Subjects/Artists) & Bracewell, Michael (Author). WHAT IS GILBERT & GEORGE? . London, England: Heni Publishing, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 180 pages. As New.

Retrospective Monograph, presented as a primer. One of the single best books on the transgressive art of Gilbert & George. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as hardcover original only. There is NO American Edition. A brilliant production by Gilbert & George: Regular-sized volume format. Glossy pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Art by Gilbert & George. Text by Michael Bracewell. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Italy to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "What Is Gilbert & George?". The short answer: Resonant layers of meaning engendered by the artists' juxtaposition of traditional British attitudes with iconography drawn from the social and sexual margins. Performance artists who also use the traditional genres and photography, Gilbert & George are transgressive in that they re-value (rather than de-value) their central British-ness and self-imposed marginal status at the same time. "Over the course of 37 short chapters, Bracewell has created an accessible handbook to their work. Provides candid insights into their working practice, East London, sex, Victorian art, nationalism, and male-ness, among many other subjects" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Gilbert & George collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen-marker on the front free endpaper by the artists: "With love from Gilbert & George". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. There is no recipient named. This title is now collectible, and will become a contemporary art classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: There is NO American Edition. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. Two of the most important and influential artists of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 1912122022. $80.00

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