Available in NTSC or PAL versions with a running time of 20 minutes.
Saturday, September 21, 1991 - Sonnabend Gallery in New York. Hundreds of people waiting.
Two men enter the main exhibition space. They are conventionally dressed. One is carrying a plastic walking stick, the other a rubber glove. Their faces and hands are painted with multicolored, metallic paint. They turn on a small cassette player and climb onto a table in the middle of the room. The two men freeze. The music begins.
These are the artists Gilbert & George and this is one of their works - THE SINGING SCULPTURE.
Gilbert & George - two men, one artist - have worked together since 1968. THE SINGING SCULPTURE is amongst their earliest and most famous works, and one which had not been exhibited in more than fifteen years.
The presentation of THE SINGING SCULPTURE, and the film documenting it, marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Sonnabend Gallery in New York.
Gilbert & George's SINGING SCULPTURE was the first exhibition in the new gallery.
The Film, which has been called by many "the purest art film ever made," intercuts the robotic sculpture as it sings and turns on the small table with passport photo-like shots of Gilbert & George talking openly about their art.
"We are disturbed and desperate people. And so we are able to discuss a lot of those aspects of human life with the viewer. We want to discuss aspects of peoples' lives that maybe they are not, in everyday life, so able to think or feel about."
-Gilbert & George
Director Philip Haas has been honored with film retrospectives at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, the National Gallery in Washington D.C. and Lincoln Center in New York. He has made ten films with artists, THE SINGING SCULPTURE is his second film with Gilbert & George. Additionally, he has directed six feature films, including ANGELS & INSECTS, UP AT THE VILLA, and THE SITUATION.