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Gilbert & George: Popular imagery and taboo themes

— June 2011

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Covers and slipcase of The Complete Postcard Art of Gilbert & George

The Complete Postcard Art of Gilbert & George

Introduction by Michael Bracewell

Gilbert & George have been producing postcard art for nearly four decades, but took a twenty-year break between 1989 and 2009. The use, and juxtapositioning, of popular imagery and taboo themes in these works are typical of Britain’s most famous artist partnership. They use the postcards, as fragments of reality, to construct a picture of Britain, both historic and contemporary....

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