Gilbert & George, ‘Raining Gin’, Christie's

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

Raining Gin

titled and printed with artists' signature and date 'Gilbert George Spring 1973 44 Part Photo-Piece Raining Gin' (on the reverse)

gelatin silver prints in artists' frames, in forty-four parts

each: 10 1/8 x 3 1/8 in. (25.7 x 7.9 cm.)

overall: 77 1/2 x 44 3/4 in. (196.9 x 113.7 cm.)

Executed in 1973.

Signature: gelatin silver prints in artists' frames, in forty-four parts

Turin, Sperone Gallery, New Decorative Works, Spring 1973.

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, pp. 120 and 123 (illustrated).

Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Gilbert and George, October 1997-January 1998, pp. 113 and 427 (illustrated).

Minneapolis, Walker Art Center and Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, The Last Picture Show – Artists Using Photography 1960-1982, October 2003-May 2004, pp. 136 and 324, no. 59 (illustrated in color).

R. Dutt, _Gilbert & George: Obsessions & Compulsions,_London, 2004, p. 40 (illustrated).

R. Fuchs, Gilbert & George: The Complete Pictures 1971-2005, Volume 1, 1971-1988, London, 2007, pp. 128 and 150 (illustrated).

Sperone Gallery, Turin

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