Gilbert and George: 1968 to 1980

London / Eindhoven: Municipal Van Abbemuseum, 1980. First Edition, issued simultaneously with the soft cover. One of 5000 unnumbered copies. Warmly INSCRIBED on the front endpaper by artists Gilbert and George to noted curator Brenda Richardson: "For Our Dear Brenda / Lots of Love / Gilbert + George / xx." Published in conjunction with a traveling exhibition which opened at the Municipal Van Abbemuseum in November, 1980, and closed at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in July, 1981.

One of the most distinguished art curators and historians of the twentieth century, Brenda Richardson began her career at the University Art Museum in Berkeley (1964-1975), and went on to become the chief curator at the Baltimore Museum Art between 1975 and 1998. An unapologetic champion of contemporary art, she curated well over 70 major exhibitions for the BMA, the high spots being notable stagings for Frank Stella, Brice Marden, Barnett Newman, and Bruce Nauman. She also curated the 1985 exhibition of the Cone Collection, the BMA's prized centerpiece, which contains over 3000 works, including 600 pieces by Matisse, as well as work by Picasso, Cezanne, Gauguin, and others. She has authored and contributed to dozens of books on contemporary art, and John Waters, one of the most significant thinkers in the world of contemporary art, considers Richardson to be his mentor.

Near Fine with no dust jacket as issued. Light rubbing to boards overall.

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