Gilbert & George

The Rudimentary Pictures

Gilbert & George met at St Martin’s School of Art in 1967 and have been working together for over 30 years.

Since their beginnings as ‘Living Sculptures‘ in the late 1960s, they have created a vast range of distinctive pictures that explore such themes as alienation, sex, race, religion and human existence.

Although the content of their work is often considered shocking, they simply explore issues that reflect aspects of contemporary society and communicate honestly and directly with the viewer.

They have achieved international recognition with numerous exhibitions held worldwide, including China, Russia, Europe and the USA. In 1986 they were winners of the Tate Gallery’s prestigious Turner Prize award and their work is to be found in many national museum and gallery collections.

Speaking about The Rudimentary Pictures, Gilbert & George have said: ‘They deal with the thoughts and feelings that lie within us all and with the issues that confront us daily. Our cities, your tears, their money, the rain, our sexuality, your sweat, their views are all in The Rudimentary Pictures.’

Gilbert & George is edited by Stephen Snoddy and includes texts by David Sylvester and Michael Bracewell.

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