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Gilbert & George

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Gilbert Prousch and George Passmore met in 1967 at St. Martin’s School of Art, London and formed a fast alliance based on their “Art for All” philosophy. The artists, who place themselves at the center of their work, use life as their main subject through addressing themes such as class, race, religion, and sex. They have lived and worked in their studio in London’s East End since 1968.

Gilbert & George were awarded the Turner Prize in 1986, and represented Great Britain at the 51st International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2005. In 2011, they received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Museum, New York. The artists have exhibited at institutions around the world, including the recent shows: “Scapegoating Pictures“, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2017); “Luther und Die Avant Garde“, St Matthew’s Church, Berlin (2017); “The Early Years“, the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); and “The Art Exhibition“, the Museum of Old and New Art, Berriedale, Tasmania (2015).

Their works are included in the permanent collections of major museums, such as: Tate Modern, London; the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, among many others.


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