Pinacoteca Giovanni and Marella Agnelli, Turin
6 November – 4 March, 2011
Via Nizza, 230, Turin
+39 011 006 2713

This exhibition is the first show ever to be dedicated to Gilbert & George’s postal art. Curated by Mirta d’Argenzio, the exhibition will present over 130 of The Urethra Postcard Pictures of 2009, in addition to early examples of Gilbert & George’s postal art dating back to the late 1960s. Postal art in various forms has been an integral element in the art of Gilbert & George.

The postal works of Gilbert & George with their titles and images, often including a single
word or line of text, expressed the new poetics of the artists at the beginning of their career
better than any critical essay. The artists have likened their art made from postcards to a
form of ‘sketching’, and their postal art provides us with a conceptual magnifying glass
through which to gain a greater insight into the oeuvre of Gilbert & George.

The exhibition features an installation of The Urethra Postcard Pictures which forms a single Postal Sculpture, conceived and designed by Gilbert & George to occupy two entire floors of the post-industrial venue in Turin:

“Postcard Pictures themselves are sort of the automatic we believe in. Because once we decided upon the shape, a circle with a dot in the middle, and the subject had been found, they made themselves, likewise happens with the installation.”
– Gilbert & George