From the Archives
The iconic British duo, Gilbert and George have been creating poignant, confrontational and critical art for nearly 5 decades, and they’re still at it. If you’ll be in New York City on April 6th, pick up tickets to see Gilbert and George in conversation at the Guggenheim.
If you can’t make it, check out the article and video posted by Catherine Wagley on July 17, 2008:
The duo has had solo shows at major museums before, including the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Shanghai Art Museum, and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and they were shortlisted for the first Turner Prize in 1984. But, despite their already glowing past career, this current exhibition, organized by the Tate Modern, shows how relevant their work still is to contemporary art. Their bold graphics and iconic culture references, mixed with intimate personal nuances, dynamically interact with the art-technology-mainstream-personal-politic discussions that define the current climate.
Perhaps their relevance continues simply because their work is driven by a respect for contemporary culture. “We’re great believers in the force of culture,” Gilbert says in the above clip. “There is a gap inside of everyone which can only be filled by reading, listening to music, writing poetry, making art, looking at art. We are not just bones and flesh and skin; we are cultured people.”