From the onset of Gilbert & George’s career, when they described themselves as “baby artists,” the phrase “Art for All” has served as their motto or mission statement. The artists have made this mantra part of the ideological grounding of their work, and have even included these three words as part of their mailing address and within all of their correspondence. The current exhibition Gilbert & George: The Early Years epitomizes this underlying philosophy by highlighting MoMA’s collection holdings of the artists’ work from the initial period of their practice. Perhaps best known for their brilliantly-colored, wall-sized Pictures of later years, Gilbert & George initially worked with quite a different palette and varied sense of scale, which is on display in this exhibition.
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The histories behind the works in the Museum’s collection are often as engaging as the art itself. We don’t always get to share these stories, but through our collection-based exhibitions we have the opportunity to highlight the previous lives of works on view. One that I was able to see installed for the first time since it formally entered the collection is Gilbert & George’s The Tuileries (1974), which is currently on view in the exhibition Gilbert & George: The Early Years.
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