Gilbert & George Balls: The Evening Before the Morning After - Drinking Sculpture 1972

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Artist
Gilbert & George born 1943, born 1942
Title
Balls: The Evening Before the Morning After - Drinking Sculpture
Date 1972
Medium 114 photographs, black and white, on paper mounted between glass and card
Dimensions Image: 2108 x 4382 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1972
Reference
T01701
Not on display

Display caption

'We want our art to speak across the barriers of knowledge directly to People about their Life, and not about their knowledge of art' wrote Gilbert and George in their manifesto What Our Art Means (1986). Drinking, and getting drunk, was an early theme in their work. This photographic work was made when the artists were still experimenting with different media for the creation of 'living sculpture'. The photographs were taken at Balls Brothers Wine Bar in Bethnal Green Road, the artists' local drinking haunt. The images are distorted, fragmented and blurred to evoke
the experience of being drunk.

August 2004

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