The Films of Gilbert and George
Distributed for Solar Books
In Genteel Perversion, Chris Horrocks traces Gilbert and George’s trajectory from eccentric London art students to major international artists through the lens of their relationship with the moving image. By analyzing how their unique deployment of film and video has evolved over the past forty years, Horrocks shows that as Gilbert and George have embraced new technologies and networks to increase exposure, they have come to occupy a precarious position between using film and being filmed—that is, being used by film. Genteel Perversion reveals how their signature pieces—such as their notorious Bend It dance, melancholic Red Sculpture, and seminal early short film Gordon’s Makes Us Drunk—allowed them to reinvent and reinforce their identity on camera. From their gallery-based video art to their film The World of Gilbert & George, and from the many documentaries in which they perform as themselves to their recent emergence into the world of social media and other alternative spaces of display, Genteel Perversion exposes the volatile collision of living art and moving image that were, are, and will be Gilbert and George.