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#17 Gilbert & George


Artists Gilbert & George with host Charlotte Burns. Photo credit: Sandy Smallens

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#17 Gilbert & George

BY Charlotte Burns
executive editor of In Other Words

“The strength of two people together is enormous. That’s why, all over the world, people and creatures are divided into two.” Artists Gilbert & George have been creating “Art for All” since they met as students in the 1960s. “In the old days, when we were socially involved with artists, they always would tell you they’re always nervous of what to do next. We never had that problem. We were always really ready for whatever,” say the inimitable duo during this lively discussion about their work, their habits and their artistic philosophies.

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Charlotte Burns: Hello and welcome to In Other Words. I'm your host, Charlotte Burns, and joining us today, I'm very excited to say, are the artists Gilbert & George. George: Hello, Charlotte. Gilbert: Hello, Charlotte. Charlotte Burns: Thank you for joining us. When did you arrive in New York? George:…


Gilbert & George


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.

Charlotte Burns

executive editor of In Other Words

Charlotte Burns is the editor of In Other Words, our weekly newsletters and podcasts. She was previously the US news and market editor for The Art Newspaper, as well as a regular correspondent for publications such as the Guardian and Monocle. Previously, she worked with the London dealer Anthony d’Offay on special projects. For several years, she was a consultant at the cultural communications agency, Bolton & Quinn. She also worked at Hauser & Wirth in London.

Burns received a Masters degree (with Merit) from the Courtauld Institute in Art and Cultural Politics in Germany, 1890-1945, as well as a first-class B.A. honors degree in English and History of Art from Birmingham University. She moved to New York in 2010.

The live record

Behind the Scenes: Gilbert & George

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Current and Upcoming Shows by Gilbert & George

“The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting” at Lévy Gorvy, London (extended until 2 December 2017)

“The Beard Pictures” at Lehmann Maupin, New York (until 22 December 2017)

“The Beard Pictures” at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Pantin (until 20 January 2018)

“The Beard Pictures and Their Fuckosophy” at White Cube, London (22 November 2017-28 January 2018)

Where to look

"Gilbert & George: The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting" at Lévy Gorvy, London (extended until 2 December)

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"Gilbert & George: THE BEARD PICTURES" at Lehmann Maupin, New York (until 22 December)

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"Gilbert & George: THE BEARD PICTURES" at Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin (until 20 January 2018)

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"Gilbert & George: THE BEARD PICTURES" at White Cube, Bermondsey (22 November 2017-28 January 2018)

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