Gilbert & George Go to the Tate, Bring Blood, Sweat, and Tears With Them (among other things)


Designboom is at it again with another terrific feature. This time around, it’s about Gilbert & George (Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore, respectively), the celebrated design team whose “Major Exhibition” opens this Thursday at the Tate Modern. Here’s a bit about them, their work, and what’s planned for the exhibit:

Through-out the 1980s and 1990s Gilbert & George continued to confront issues but progressed from performance to mainly photographic work using an explosive colour palate. Among the works displayed from this compelling period are the quadripartite
‘Death Hope Life Fear’; ‘Life Without End’; the scandalous ‘Naked Shit Pictures’ and the instinctive ‘Fundamental and New Testamental Pictures’ featuring the artists’ own blood, tears, spunk, piss, shit and sweat. The final section of the exhibition explores Gilbert & George’s visionary twenty-first-century art from the promiscuous ‘New Horny Pictures’ to the ‘Ginko Pictures’ exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2005 all of which continue to ask provocative questions about sexuality, identity and religion.