Gilbert and George’s High Line Billboard

Gilbert and George’s High Line Billboard

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The latest artists to be commissioned for the High Line Billboard in New York are eccentric English duo Gilbert & George, who have reproduced their 1984 piece “Waking” on a 25 x 75 ft scale. The original artwork is currently in Guggenheim Bilbao’s collection and has a similar aesthetic to a stained-glass window, with a depiction of the artists surrounded by a selection of homoerotic imagery. The piece is clearly not as controversial today as it was 29 years ago, but according to Cecilia Alemani – the director of the High Line’s art program – it’s a fitting tribute to the year of legalised same-sex marriage. “With all the talk today about urban life and gay marriage it seems even more appropriate now.” Prior to Gilbert & George, the High Line’s ongoing arts programme have commissioned George Condo, John Baldessari, David Shrigley, Sean Landers, El Anatsui, and Maurizio Cattelan. “Gilbert & George: Waking” will be on show from 3 September to 1 October, 2013.

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