Gilbert & George, ‘Fruiters’, 2006, White Cube

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The artists have used the technique of photographic manipulation for many years to create their powerful pictures exploring the whole gamut of human experience and here show that their more recent use of digital media has only sharpened the effect of their work. In 'Fruiters' they present a comically menacing image of themselves, both masked and decorated with stylised images of fruit from the plane tree. A common fixture in London's parks, streets, and squares, the plane tree is a subtle but significant presence in the urban landscape which forms the core of Gilbert & George's artistic universe.

About Gilbert & George

“Art for all” is the credo of Gilbert & George, who met in 1967 while students at St. Martin’s in London. Transcending the modernist tenets of Conceptual, Performance, and Process art, the duo gained critical acclaim for their legendary 1970 performance The Singing Sculpture, in which they established themselves as “living sculptures.” Since, the duo have been known for their cultivated public persona—they appear in public only together, wearing distinctive suits and insisting that their lives and their art are inseparable. Gilbert & George have expanded their practice over the past decades to a variety of media—books, film, painting, postcards, photomontages—their signature style drawing on a Pop sensibility and the appropriation of mass media images. Swinging between the whimsical and the obscene (one series depicted bodily fluids and sexual acts), Gilbert & George have explored a wide breadth of subjects pertaining to race, sexuality, religion, and mortality.

British, 1943 and 1942, San Martin de Tor, Italy and Plymouth, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom