Gilbert & George
4 of 13 portraits of Gilbert & George
© estate of Daniel Farson / National Portrait Gallery, London
Gilbert & George
by Daniel Farson
resin print, 1990
10 in. x 8 in. (254 mm x 204 mm) overall
Given by Daniel Farson, 1994
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Sitterback to top
- Gilbert & George (1943-; 1942-), Artists. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Daniel Farson (1927-1997), Photographer and writer. Artist of 47 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
In 1990, writing for the Daily Telegraph, Farson was invited by the artists to accompany them to the opening of their exhibition in Moscow, curated by James Birch. Operating as one artist, Gilbert Proesch (b.1943) and George Passmore (1942) have worked together since they met in the 1960s when they were both studying at St Martin's School of Art, London. Farson recalled, 'Our meeting was extraordinarily lucky for me. As one grows older, life tends to shrink, though I try to stretch it with new experience. Gilbert & George gave me this opportunity.'
With Gilbert and George in Moscow (1991)
Events of 1990back to top
Current affairsMargaret Thatcher introduces a Poll Tax. 'The Community Charge' replaced the old 'Rates' system of local taxation based on the value of property in favour of a flat rate for all householders. With little difference between the tax burden of the poor and the wealthy, opposition was bitter and violent. Following a challenge to her leadership Thatcher stood down as Prime Minister and was replaced by John Major.
Art and scienceTim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web. He created the first web-browser and editor, and the first web-server in 1990, building the first website and putting it online in 1991. By making his ideas royalty-free, Berners-Lee made the Internet accessible to all and allowed all users to help build its content.
British beef is banned from schools and hospitals over concerns about BSE ('mad cow disease').
InternationalThe Gulf War breaks out between Iraq and US-led coalition forces. War was declared after Iraq invaded Kuwait, and, following a period of UN economic sanctions against Iraq, hostilities commenced in January 1991. The coalition victory was swift and within three months Iraqi forces withdrew from Kuwait.
Nelson Mandella is released from Prison after 27 years captivity.