Gilbert & George, ‘Cherry Blossom No. 5’, Christie's

Gilbert & George (b. 1943 & b. 1942)

Cherry Blossom No. 5

signed and printed with title and date 'Cherry Blossom No. 5 Autumn 1974 George and Gilbert' (lower right panel)

hand colored gelatin silver prints in artists' frames, in sixteen parts

each: 23 ¾ x 19 ¾ in. (60.3 x 50.1 cm.)

overall: 99 x 83 in. (251.5 x 210.8 cm.)

Executed in 1974.

Signature: hand colored gelatin silver prints in artists' frames, in sixteen parts

Eindhoven, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Bern, Kunsthalle; Paris, Centre Pompidou - Musée national d'art moderne and London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Gilbert & George 1968-1980, November 1980-July 1981, p. 151 (illustrated in color).

London, Tate Modern; Munich, Haus der Kunst; Rivoli-Turin, Castello di Rivoli; San Francisco, de Young Museum; Milwaukee Art Museum and New York, Brooklyn Museum, Gilbert & George Major Exhibition, February 2007-January 2009, p. 58, fig. 32 (illustrated in color).

R. Fuchs, Gilbert & George: The Complete Pictures 1971-2005, Volume 1, 1971-1988, London, 2007, p. 190 (illustrated in color).

_Gilbert & George,_exh. cat., Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, June-November 2014, pp. 25-26 and 27 (installation view illustrated in color).

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, New York

By descent to the present owner

About Gilbert & George

“Art for all” is the credo of Gilbert & George, who met in 1967 while students at St. Martin’s in London. Transcending the modernist tenets of Conceptual, Performance, and Process art, the duo gained critical acclaim for their legendary 1970 performance The Singing Sculpture, in which they established themselves as “living sculptures.” Since, the duo have been known for their cultivated public persona—they appear in public only together, wearing distinctive suits and insisting that their lives and their art are inseparable. Gilbert & George have expanded their practice over the past decades to a variety of media—books, film, painting, postcards, photomontages—their signature style drawing on a Pop sensibility and the appropriation of mass media images. Swinging between the whimsical and the obscene (one series depicted bodily fluids and sexual acts), Gilbert & George have explored a wide breadth of subjects pertaining to race, sexuality, religion, and mortality.

British, 1943 and 1942, San Martin de Tor, Italy and Plymouth, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom