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Member of Gilbert & George (British, born 1943)

Artist:
Gilbert Proesch (British, born 1943)
Artist:
George Passmore (British, born 1942)
Date:
1987
Medium:
Hand-dyed photographs, mounted and framed in 35 parts
Dimensions:
Overall (35 parts): H. 119, W. 139 inches (302.3 x 353.1 cm.)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.210a–ii
  • Description

    Since meeting as students at the St. Martin's School of Art in London in 1967, Gilbert and George, as they are now known, have been inseparable. Their artistic collaboration, spanning more than thirty-five years, has spawned a huge body of work that includes performance pieces (using their own bodies as "living sculptures"), drawings, and, since the 1970s, multipart photo pieces. They have made their life the subject of much of their art. Frequently, as in this 1987 work, they wear conservatively buttoned suits, garish ties, white-collared shirts, and deadpan expressions, and offer their unspoken commentary on a variety of subjects close to their hearts, including race, religion, and sexuality. In this case, they seem to express dismay over the horrendous conditions of a working-class section of London. Blown up to wall-size, the image of decay and destruction spreads out over the grid of thirty-five framed black-and-white photographs. The areas tinted bright yellow and blue further assault our senses, demanding that some sort of attention be paid, but their hopeless gestures suggest that, in fact, nothing can be done. Even the placement of the title, Here, at the very bottom of the composition, seems deliberate and symbolic.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Titled, dated, and signed (lower center): HERE/1987/Gilbert & George

  • Exhibition History

    Moscow, Russia: New Tretyakov Gallery, 1990. ¦Gilbert and George¦. (Organized by Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, U.K.). Color illus., pl. 34, Checklist no. 34, p. 121 .

    London, England: Tate Modern, February 15-May 7, 2007, Gilbert & George
    Retrospective.

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