Gilbert & George were first brought to Australia by John Kaldor in 1973 for the 3rd Kaldor Public Art Project, The Singing Sculpture, at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney and at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. They wore tailored suits and painted their hands and faces in bronze metallic paint, singing slowly along to an old musical hall tune of Underneath the Arches for five hours at a time, circling like music-box figures. A mesmerising event, The Singing Sculpture presented the artists as ‘living sculpture’, blurring the boundaries between art and life and breaking new ground for artists and performers of their generation. Almost four decades on, Gilbert & George return to Sydney and Melbourne to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Kaldor Public Art Projects with a series of talks and events.
Both events include a special Gilbert & George film program and the artists will sign free, limited edition Valentine’s Day cards in Sydney on February 14.
See documentation of Gilbert & George in conversation with Edmund Capon (ABC Big Ideas, 2010)
See Virginia Trioli’s television interview Gilbert & George (Artscape, 2010)

Sunday 14 February 2010 from 1pm
Central Court, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Wednesday 17 February 2010 from 6pm
Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne