Philip Guston 1969-1979 is on view at Hauser & Wirth through October 30, 2021.
That’s the exhibit we headed for, and it was tremendous. On the way back, we spotted another: Gilbert & George, New Normal Pictures, at Lehmann Maupin, through November 6, 2021.
I had no idea who they were or what this was about. They turn out to be quintessential flâneurs, British style, and of course artists as well.
Earlier this year, some of their New Normal Pictures were on view in London. Here’s an interview with them in conjunction with the exhibit.
Flanagan & Allen, Underneath the Arches (1932)
Why this piece, you may ask?
“On 8 August 1969, two students from St Martin’s School of Art performed for the first time as a live sculpture . . . . [Gilbert & George] would repeat the performance on countless occasions all over the world until the 1990s. . . . For The Singing Sculpture, the pair dressed up in strict suits and sported short-cropped hair, the antithesis of the art-world hippie look of the time. Their faces painted gold and silver, one wearing a glove, the other holding a cane, they danced robotically on a table singing along to a tape recording of Underneath the Arches.” [cite]
And the rest, or so my British source tells me, is history.