Text by Michael Bracewell
Designed by Gilbert & George
297 x 210 mm, softback
40 pages, 31 colour illustrations
Published by White Cube, November 2015
Including 30 individual works, the series by Gilbert & George, titled simply THE BANNERS, uses hard-hitting slogans to address belief and conformism with a straightforward and uncompromising visual language. While THE BANNERS continue Gilbert & George’s exploration of urban text and typography, such as newspaper headlines, posters, flyers, street signage and sex advertisements, they also relate more specifically to a ‘living sculpture’, created for the ‘Extinction Marathon’ held in 2014 at the Serpentine Gallery, London. For this event, Gilbert & George stood silently in front of an audience for just over four minutes, each respectively holding a banner that read ‘BURN THAT BOOK’ and ‘FUCK THE PLANET’.
Long-time advocate for Gilbert & George, the writer and novelist Michael Bracewell once again offers an inciteful and nuanced reading of these simple statements; statements that, represented in the distinctive handwriting of Gilbert & George, reveal complex layers of meaning.