New York

Gilbert and George

Sperone Westwater Fischer Gallery

Normally, Gilbert and George (Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore) are the direct subject of their work, either through their performances as living sculptures, or through the flotsam and jetsam of the documentation of their passage or projected passage through particular spaces, times, or events. The documentation takes the form of deliberately antiquing drawings and photographs of themselves in situ and the usual ephemeral matter, such as match boxes and cocktail napkins, which record one’s presence in a specific locale.

In the present “sculptures,” they use a more depersonalized medium, old standard 3 1/2-x-5 1/2-inch picture postcards which are laid out in a series of rectangles like some vast version of the card game “Concentration.” The images on the cards cover a wide range of subjects — the Boer war, photographic portraits of royalty (especially the children of the British Royal

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