The first book by Gilbert & George was published in 1971 by Gebrüder König in a small edition. Long out of print, Side by Side is at last republished. Described in a new preface as “a contemporary sculpture novel,” the book functions as a manifesto or declaration of Gilbert & George’s views on life and art, expressed through texts and images. The book is divided into three chapters, in sequences of spreads linking typographic elements with a single image. As with the first edition, the most striking visual feature of Side by Side is the beautiful hand-marbled cover that makes every copy a unique art object in itself.
First published in 1971 by the Koenig Brothers, in an edition of 600. This second edition is co-published by Walther König and Enitharmon Editions in an edition of 2,000.
This edition is also signed and numbered by the duo; the edition size is 2,000, of which only 1,000 are commercially available.
Hardcover clothbound, hand-marbled cover / 192 Pages
Published by Walther König, Köln, 2012
Signed copy for sale is number 1,156 of 2,000.