On the Table VI The Meal

A Conversation with Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George never cook and always eat out. Back in 1969, however, the artist duo hosted ‘The Meal’, an elaborate dinner party that included thirteen guests, Princess Margaret’s butler, a chef who prepared a meal from a Victorian cookery manual, and the guest of honor, artist David Hockney. While the art world of the time was largely characterized by Pop art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art, Gilbert & George developed an entirely unique philosophy and combined their daily lives with their artistic vision; in short, their art and life are one!

Charlotte Birnbaum took a trip to London’s East End to visit the immaculately dressed pair to discuss ‘The Meal’ and other curious projects from their fifty-year collaboration. Also included here are photos and memorabilia from the singular event.

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