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ARNDT Fine Art
2015.01.19 Mon - 2015.04.05 Sun
Opening Exhibition
01/19/2015 18:00
Gillman Barracks 9 Lock Road #03-21 Singapore 108937
+65 67340775
Opening Hours
Wednesday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Matthias Arndt

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[Press Release]

[Press Release]

Solo exhibition at ARNDT Singapore

January 19 – April 5, 2015
Opening Monday, January 19, 2015
6 – 9 pm

ARNDT is pleased to present the first exhibition of Gilbert & George in Singapore. Gilbert & George created 26 new artworks, the UTOPIAN PICTURES, for their first solo exhibition in Singapore and Southeast-Asia.

Since first meeting at St Martin’s School of Art, London, in 1967, Gilbert & George have dedicated their lives to creating art that communicates their vision of the world in a manner that is direct, immediate, open-handed, mysterious, confrontational, generous, dizzying, ghost-like, intensely realistic, visionary and profoundly moral. With a many layered intensity of thoughts and a radically inventive visual creativity, the art of Gilbert & George has always directly addressed the feelings, prejudices and emotions of each individual viewer.

The twenty-six UTOPIAN PICTURES, exhibited for the first time in the iconic Gillman Barracks, convey the moral vision of Gilbert & George with monolithic and declamatory intensity. These pictures depict a modern world in which authority and the resentment of authority, rules and rebellion, advertising and public information, dogma and warning, boasts and threats co-exist in seemingly endless proclamations: in notices and signs, on the streets and on public transport, in historic royal emblems, stickers, posters and graffiti. Religion, politics, sex, crime and civic order are all represented – the myriad announcements combining to resemble a roaring visual Babel within the public spaces of the contemporary city.

Gilbert & George have always asserted that the modern human condition, in all its aspects, can be found revealed in the streets around their home and studio in East London. The texts and emblems contained in the UTOPIAN PICTURES provide further proof of this claim. Encountered by the artists in their daily walks around their neighbourhood, the many different signs depicted in these pictures – some attempting to exercise social control, others to assert civic disobedience – take their place within the art of Gilbert & George as a pre-existing visual language that is real and alive on the city streets. A highly inventive and original visual vocabulary embellishes the dense webs of personal, moral and ideological tension that these signs and slogans create. Possessing a universality of content, temper and meaning, they describe the social climate of modern urban life.

In seemingly simple, vivid primary colours, the figures of the artists often masked, hooded or obscured, yet always quietly and respectably be-suited, the UTOPIAN PICTURES convey the experience of an accelerated, violent, vertiginous, clamorous, technological, multi-faith and multi-cultural teeming city. It is within this very clamour – this dissonant roar of conflicting intentions and ideals – that we might in fact discern ‘Utopia’: a society describing perfection through its allowance of imperfection and disorder.

Michael Bracewell

Gilbert & George have participated in many important group and solo exhibitions including 51st International Venice Biennale (2005), Turner Prize (1984) and Carnegie International (1985). They have had extensive solo exhibitions, including Whitechapel Gallery (1971-1972), National Gallery, Beijing (1993), Shanghai Art Museum (1993), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1995-1996), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998), Serpentine Gallery, London (2002), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2002), Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2004-2005), Tate Modern, London and Haus der Kunst, Munich (both 2007), Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (both 2008), “Jack Freak Pictures” at the CAC Malaga, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb and at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (all 2010), Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and Kunstmuseum Linz (both 2011), Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk (2011-2012) and “London Pictures” at the MKM, Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany and at the Casal Solleric Foundation, Mallorca, Spain (both 2013).