Nigel and Judy Greenwood

Judy and Nigel Greenwood, Nigel Greenwood Inc Ltd, 60 Glebe Place, 1969/70. Photograph by Germano Celant

This picture shows Judy Greenwood, left, and Nigel Greenwood, right. The photo was taken downstairs at 60 Glebe Place, Nigel Greenwood’s first gallery, around 1969/1970. The photo was taken by Germano Celant. In 1972, Celant would curate the seminal Book as Artwork exhibition at the Nigel Greenwood Gallery, the accompanying publication, Book As Artwork, is heralded as the first critical consideration of the artists’ book.

Judy and Nigel are sat at Judy’s desk. Judy, Nigel’s sister, worked with Nigel for several years and helped to run the gallery. This is the same desk on which Gilbert and George performed ‘Underneath The Arches/The Singing Sculpture’ at the gallery in 1970, “The gallery space was empty apart from the table, their walking stick, them and their painted rubber glove,” says Judy, “My memory of those G & G days was how difficult it was to absent oneself from the hypnotic effect of the ‘performance’. They would continue for 4 to 5 hours without a break. If I had to go out for a sandwich, I’d dash back to check, almost obsessively, that they were still ‘at it’! People would come back repeatedly to see them.”