Gilbert & George(1943-; 1942-), Artists
Sitter in 14 portraits
Artist of 1 portrait
Operating as one artist, Gilbert Proesch (b.1943) and George Passmore (b.1942) met in the 1960s, when they were both studying at St Martin's School of Art, London. They have lived and worked together as Gilbert & George since 1968. Moving to the working-class neighbourhood of Spitalfields, London, they revolted against art’s elitism, naming their work ‘Art for all’ and declaring themselves ‘living sculptures’. They later produced conceptual pieces and photo-works. In 1986, Gilbert & George were awarded the Turner Prize and in 2005, represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. Solo exhibitions include those at the Pompidou Centre, Paris (1981), the Baltimore Museum of Art (1984), the Guggenheim (1985) and a major retrospective at Tate Modern (2007).
Watch a film clip on the artists from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
by Julian Germain
archival inkjet print, 21 October 2009