• Installation view of Gilbert & George: The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting, Lévy Gorvy, London, 13 September – 2 December 2017
    Photo by Stephen White. © 2017 Gilbert & George

  • Installation view of Gilbert & George: The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting, Lévy Gorvy, London, 13 September – 2 December 2017
    Photo by Stephen White. © 2017 Gilbert & George

  • Installation view of Gilbert & George: The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting, Lévy Gorvy, London, 13 September – 2 December 2017
    Photo by Stephen White. © 2017 Gilbert & George

  • Installation view of Gilbert & George: The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting, Lévy Gorvy, London, 13 September – 2 December 2017
    Photo by Stephen White. © 2017 Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George:
The General Jungle or Carrying on SculptingExhibition

Gilbert & George:
The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting

Comprised of twenty-three monumental, multi-panel pieces, The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting is one of the earliest manifestations of Gilbert & George’s ‘Art for All’ philosophy, reinforcing their reputation as ‘living sculptures’—an identity and belief maintained by the artists since they met at St Martin’s School of Art, London, fifty years ago this September.

This will be the first exhibition in the United Kingdom to feature this seminal body of work, early charcoal-on-paper ‘sculptures’ by the renowned artist duo, which was first presented at the Sonnabend Gallery, New York, in 1971, as the atmospheric backdrop to one of their most celebrated works, The Singing Sculpture. The sheets describe a day in the life of the artists (from ‘THE COLD MORNING LIGHT’, through to ‘THE CHILL OF EVENING’), as they walk through the leafy parks of London, ruminating on the human condition. Their thoughts range from the philosophical to the mundane, and hem each hanging, to read (in their own words) like ‘huge letters’, addressed with love—and humour—to the viewer. Contrary to the Minimal and Conceptual concerns dominant in art schools at the time, Gilbert & George devoted themselves to emotions rather than intellect, replacing elitist attitudes and practices towards art-making with their own Romantic, figurative idiom; by pairing inner and outer landscapes in this way, they sought to make their art accessible to the masses.

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Gilbert & George: The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting

October 2, 2017

Publications

Selected Press

The Culture Trip | The Best Exhibitions to See in London During Frieze Week

October 5, 2017

As the art world descends upon the UK’s capital for Frieze London and Frieze Masters as well, as …

The Art Newspaper: Frieze Art Fair | Gilbert & George to open London foundation

October 4, 2017

As the British artists Gilbert & George mark 50 years together this year, the pair are looking …

Time Out London | Gilbert & George: The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting

September 28, 2017

Mayfair’s Lévy Gorvy gallery is demonstrating G&G’s milder side. These 23 big charcoal drawings …

The Art Newspaper | Gilbert & George take charge of their legacy

September 28, 2017

"Art for all” is the motto behind Gilbert & George’s career, a belief that also defines how …

Financial Times | Critics' Choice: London

September 13, 2017

FT Weekend: Critics' Choice, Life & Arts featuring Gilbert & George at Lévy Gorvy London.

BBC | Living sculptures: At home with Gilbert & George

September 13, 2017

As a pair of new exhibitions celebrate 50 years of personal and professional collaboration, WILLIAM …

The Art Newspaper | Gilbert & George Mark Golden Jubilee in Style

September 1, 2017

It is 50 years this month since Gilbert and George first met as art students at Central Sait Martins …

Financial Times | 'It's G&G! We're a brand!'

September 1, 2017

What to think about Gilbert & George? Are their sweary, shiny, super-graphic photo­works, which …

FAD Magazine | Monumental Gilbert & George Art Work Coming to Lévy Gorvy London

July 27, 2017

This autumn Gilbert & George are showing The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting