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 Gilbert & George,  
UK

March, 1986

Hand-dyed photograph (48 elements);
243.8 x 609.6 cm
Body Art

UID 102-216



Biography

Gilbert & George (1943 -) (1942 -) British artists that work together since 1968. Gilbert Proesch was born in San Martino in the Italian Dolomites. He arrived at Central St Martin's Art School in London in 1967, at the time he could not speak English. George Passmore was born in Plymouth, Devon and in 1965 he was attending the Advanced Sculpture course at Central St Martin's Art School in London. They met at Central St Martin's School of Art in 1967. The basic aim of their art seemed to be to annoy. While still at St Martin's they developed their famous routines that they called Singing Sculptures.They did their first show at Frank's Sandwich Bar in London in 1968.They set up an office in Fournier Street, Spitalfields, east London. They offered themselves as living sculptures. They felt slighted when not included in a London exhibition in 1968 of new Minimal and Conceptual Art, When Attitude Became Form. They responded by painting their heads and standing motionless in the centre of the gallery on the opening night. As a result the German dealer Konrad Fischer offered them a show at the Düsseldorf Kunsthalle. From this point their international career took off. Gilbert & George always appear in public in identical suits. This is used as an icon in their paintings. They made appearances at the Robert Fraser Gallery, Nigel Greenwood Inc, Robert Self and Anthony d'Offay galleries. They also did a number of shows at the Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Hayward Gallery. In 1997 the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris did a 30-year retrospective. 2001 Major exhibition at the Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon.



Exhibitions

Grande Escala - Colecção Berardo
Centro das Artes Casa das Mudas, Calheta, Madeira, Portugal
09-10-2004 ~ 18-03-2005

Gilbert & George
Sonnabend, USA
01-01-1987 ~ 01-01-1987

The Art of Gilbert & George
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
11-01-2002 ~ 15-04-2002

The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
17-05-1997 ~ 31-08-1997

Face - a - Face
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
02-10-2001 ~ 30-04-2001

Sedução Cinema & Pintura
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
27-06-2006 ~ 31-01-2007


Bibliography

The Art of Gilbert & George, 2002
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 9728176708

Grande Escala - The Berardo Collection, 2004
Published by Centro das Artes - Casa das Mudas
ISBN 972890200X

Monarchy as Democracy, 1991
Published by Anthony d'Offay Gallery

Sedução Cinema & Pintura, 2006
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729903034

Sotheby's, Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art, New York, February 23 and 25 1993, lot. 339 (title and year of the work are not correct), 1993
Published by Sotheby´s

The Art of Gilbert & George, 1989

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105







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