The Uncommon Common

Gilbert & George’s exhibition at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac titled  “Urethra Postcard Pictures” turns common postcards, advertising cards,  and public flyers into eye-catching, and often humorous, works of art.

At first glance the subject matter looks graphic, clean and completely inoffensive; 1004 postcards organized in a geometric sequence bordering on the obsessive. After a more careful perusal, however, we see the true cheeky nature of the works.

For the artists, “the cards crystallize the meeting of our monarchic,  Christian, nationalistic, violent, pagan, floral and sexual  inspirations.”

Since 1972, Gilbert & George have been using postcards widely in  their art, dating from the First World War to the modern, mass-produced  tourist ones.  In what they call “Art for All,” postcards represent  efficient sources of inspiration in the voice of the people. Sometimes  humorous or shocking, often times thought-provoking, this series calls  for a good long look.

Gilbert and George, Urethra Postcard Pictures
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 7 Rue Debelleyme 75003 / +33 (0)142729900

Photos: Courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

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