Adler & Gibb - A Timeline

Adler & Gibb tells the story of a raid – on a house, a life, a reality and a legacy.

Janet Adler and Margaret Gibb were conceptual artists working in New York at the end of the last century. They were described by art critic Dave Hickey as the ‘most ferociously uncompromising voice of their generation’. With Adler’s death in 2004, however, the compromise began.

The Base of the World

Piero Manzoni created The Base of the World, thereby exhibiting the entire planet as his artwork.

Adler is born

Janet Adler is born in Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.

Adler is born

Janet Adler is born in Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.

Liberation of Buchenwald

Buchenwald is liberated and Adler and her mother move to Vienna.

Emigration

Adler emigrates to New Jersey.

Suicide Attempt

Adler attempts to take her life by taking an overdose of barbiturates.

Adler meets Gibb

Adler meets the young political scientist Gibb at a private showing of outsider art at the X Gallery in Greenwich Village.

Adler has found her life's audience

Adler writes to her publisher that in Gibb she has found her life’s audience. “The store window is shuttered. The work is now just a life lived.

The Art is in Us

Adler & Gibb purchase a celebrated portrait of art critic Clement Greenberg by the painter Leon Golub. They then proceed to publicly eat the work over the course of two days in their studio on Park Slope. The installation is named The Art Is In Us.

Venice Biennale

Adler & Gibb are asked to contribute to the US Pavillion at the Venice Biennale. They present a film of a pack of sibling dogs ravenously devouring the flesh of their parents. At the end of the exhibition they destroyed all know prints of the film. The negative however, is currently owned by Swiss banking giant UBS.

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