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Gert & Uwe Tobias

December 9, 2012 – April 4, 2013

Untitled, Colored woodcut on paper, 81" x 68½", Gert & Uwe Tobias, 2012
Commemorative poster created by Gert and Uwe Tobias for The Gallery at Windsor exhibition on display in the Gallery stairwell.
Gallery installation view from the Gert and Uwe Tobias exhibition at Windsor.
Romanian-born artists Gert and Uwe Tobias.
Large-scale woodcuts by Gert and Uwe Tobias on display in the West Hall at The Gallery at Windsor.
The Gert & Uwe Tobias exhibition at Windsor featured boldly painted walls with a serrated edge treatment.

Visitor Information

This exhibition is now closed.

There is no admission fee to visit The Gallery at Windsor. Exhibition visitors are invited to support The Windsor Charitable Foundation with a suggested donation of $10. This gift is tax-deductible and is designated to support local arts education.

About the Exhibition

Works of art by internationally renowned twin brothers Gert and Uwe Tobias were on display from December 9, 2012 to April 4, 2013 at The Gallery at Windsor. It was the second of three annual exhibitions curated by the Whitechapel Gallery in partnership with Windsor’s co-founder and Creative Director, The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach. It was the first exhibition in Florida of the works of the Romanian-born artists.

The Tobias brothers’ large woodcut prints of vibrant, jewel-like colors were part of a site-specific installation conceived for the unique environment of Windsor, providing a darkly magical counterpoint to The Gallery at Windsor’s tropical, beach-side setting. The starting point for the display was a huge two-panel woodcut. The monumental piece contains hybrid figures with comically grotesque features, globular forms often in pale pastel colors and rectangles which bisect the picture plane – motifs are central to the artists’ pictorial language. The display also included further colored woodcuts, collages, wall paintings and a unique invitation woodcut created especially for the exhibition as Gert and Uwe Tobias always do for their solo shows.

At the conclusion of the Windsor show, the exhibition travelled to London and was on display at the Whitechapel Gallery from April 16, 2013 to June 14, 2013.

About the Artists

Born in 1973 in Brasov, Romania, identical twins Gert and Uwe Tobias paint, sculpt, make traditional woodcut prints and draw with a typewriter. They have worked together since 2001 and when in their studio the artists often finish each other’s work, picking up where the other left off, so their art often evolves from the deeply shared understanding that twins sometimes develop. Their work is full of strange faces and creatures drawn from eastern European folk art and other influences which is combined with the influences of Russian abstract art from the early 20th century.

In 2007, the artists received international attention after presenting a solo exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and later that same year were also included in an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. They live and work in Cologne, Germany.


Publication

Gert & Uwe Tobias

ISBN: 978–0–85488–213–7, 104 pages, softback, 280 x 250 mm, 56 color illustrations, co-published by Windsor Press and Whitechapel Gallery, 2012.


Overview

This publication coincides with the second installation in the series of three that began with Beatriz Milhazes Screenprints in curatorial partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor. This second installation of Gert and Uwe Tobias will be exhibited December 9, 2012-April 4, 2013 at the Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor. Gert and Uwe (b. 1973, Brascov, Romania) are based in Cologne, Germany and work collaboratively on woodblock printing, paintings, sculptures, collages and typewriter drawings. The works of art span these diverse methods combining the lines, shapes and block colors of geometric abstraction with the storybook images and humble patterns of folk art.

Included in this publication are 32 plates in full color of the works on display with a foreword by the Hon. Hilary Weston. A Glossary created by Iwona Blazwick, OBE, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery expands on the artists main themes and interests from Abstraction and the Grotesque to Nature and Violence. Also included are installation views from key presentations of the brother’s work during the last five years.