‘Dark Shadows’ – Book Launch Event

April 28

Join us, in the presence of Gilbert & George, for the launch of Dark Shadow (2024) at The Gilbert & George Centre on Thursday 9 May from 6 to 8pm.

➡️ Please reserve your spot here

Gilbert & George created Dark Shadow in 1974 as a ‘living sculpture book’, the ‘result of our past three years of earnest daily thoughts, shadows, deeds, cares and pleasures.’ Hurtwood’s limited new edition (of 2,000), marks its fiftieth anniversary.

Featuring original text and artwork by Gilbert & George, the publication offers an unparalleled perspective on the early career of one of the twentieth century’s most significant artists. Like their art, Gilbert & George’s writing is irreverent, rebellious, often funny and deeply poetic. The book includes a letter to their readers and photographs by the artists of themselves, their home in East London and their pictures.

Dark Shadow is structured in eight chapters, which elaborate on the inspirations behind Gilbert & George’s work, such as London life and British culture, including, of course, Gordon’s Gin. As is emblazoned on the cover, Dark Shadow is a continuation of their lifelong agenda ‘Art for All’, and each book is a piece of art in itself, uniquely bound in the UK with hand-marbled cloth, made under the guidance of Gilbert & George.

You can purchase your copy at the event for a special, discounted price of £125.

📍The Gilbert & George Centre, 5a Heneage St, London E1 5LJ 📍

Photography by Hurtwood