The exhibit displays more than 40 large-scale photomontages that use a combination of body art, performance art, photography, printmaking and graphics along with digital enhancement. Archival materials complement the documentation of their careers, and include letters, postcards, films and videos that were often used as studies for their larger pieces.
Known for their bold, in-your-face approach, Gilbert and George incorporate sex, money, race and religion into pictures that ask the “big questions” of society. Using their own London East End neighborhood as an artistic playground, they extract universal themes that can be applied to the international scene. Some viewers may find the material shocking, but Gilbert and George have said that “shocking is a media idea; it is not an artist idea. Our pictures are not attacking or confronting, but exploring.”
To further delineate their own objectives, Gilbert and George defined a treatise they have lived by since 1969, when they left art school. Their Four Laws of Sculptors state:
%u25A0 Always be smartly dressed, well groomed, relaxed, friendly, polite and in complete control.
%u25A0 Make the world to believe in you and to pay heavily for this privilege.
%u25A0 Never worry, assess, discuss or criticize, but remain quiet, respectful and calm.
%u25A0 The Lord chisels still, so don’t leave your bench for long.
this in mind, these two
exhibit preview, which takes place Thursday, June 12, at 5 p.m. and Friday,
June 13, at 1:30 p.m., is free to MAM members. The uniquely impressive Gilbert
and George will be present, along with the show’s organizing curator, Jan