Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George

British, born in 1943 & 1942

Gilbert and George are an emblematic pair of British artists recognisable by their suits and patterned ties. They uninhibitedly tackle major social issues such as homosexuality. Their performances, sculptures and photomontages are a popular form of contemporary art that is both accessible and provocative.

In the early 1970s they became living statues by covering their bodies with metallic paint and posing motionless in the middle of a crowd. They then turned to photomontage. Their very large-format works plunge viewers into a world of bright colours and patterns surrounded by black contours recalling cathedral stained glass windows.  

Gilbert and George’s works in the Pinault Collection were presented in Lille for the first time at the Tri Postal during the 2008 “Passage du temps” (“Passage of Time”) show.