Gilbert & George, unique c-print in metal frame, 1991
The British-Italian artist duo Gilbert & George met in their student days and have been inseparable ever since. Their life and work are intertwined into one and comprise a diversity of visual material. In their British suits, they perform in numerous performances as living statues. With their digital photography displayed in a set of metal frames, they became known worldwide. Representations with themes such as nudity, sex and bodily fluids caused quite a stir.
‘Bum Cross’, an example of their controversial art, features the provocation of a hairy butt crack in the shape of a sacred symbol. Their self-portraits, in the pose of a vulnerable Christ addressing the people, are deliberately brightly coloured. Funny for one viewer and very shocking for another, but a great artist always settles with his time.
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