Gilbert & George, Gilbert Proesch, George Passmore. Live's. 1984. Black and white photographs, hand-colored with ink and dyes, and aluminum foil, mounted and framed, Overall 7' 11 1/2" x 11' 7" (242.7 x 353 cm), each panel frame 23 7/8 x 19 7/8" (60.5 x 50.5 cm). Given anonymously. © 2023 Gilbert & George.

“We are two people, but one artist.”

Gilbert & George

Describing their relationship in life and work, Gilbert & George have said, “It’s not a collaboration. . . . We are two people, but one artist.” George, born in Devon, England, in 1942, and Gilbert, born in the Dolomites, Italy, in 1943, met while studying sculpture at St. Martin’s School of Art, London, in 1967. One day while taking photos of each other holding their small-scale sculptures, and then without, the artists realized that they could dispense with them altogether. What was most interesting was not the objects themselves, but the pair’s presence as “living sculptures” within the images. They summed up their newly conceived position as artists succinctly: “Art and life became one, and we were the messengers of a new vision. At that moment that we decided we are art and life, every conversation with people became art, and still is.”

While the art world around them in the late 1960s and early 1970s was largely characterized by Pop, Minimalist, and Conceptual art, Gilbert & George developed a wholly unique vision. Although they created their art in a variety of mediums, they considered everything they did to be sculpture: Postal Sculptures, Magazine Sculptures, Charcoal on Paper Sculptures, Drinking Sculptures, and Video Sculptures. Gilbert & George have created a wealth of sculptures in ways never imagined prior to their union, fully integrating their daily existence into their artistic philosophy.

Wikipedia entry
Gilbert Prousch, sometimes referred to as Gilbert Proesch (born 17 September 1943), and George Passmore (born 8 January 1942) are artists who work together as the collaborative art duo Gilbert & George. They are known for their formal appearance and manner in performance art, and for their brightly coloured graphic-style photo-based artworks. In 2017 the pair celebrated their 50th anniversary as collaborators. In April 2023 Gilbert & George opened the Gilbert & George Centre in Heneage Street, London E1, to showcase their work in regular exhibitions.
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