Gilbert Prousch was born in San Martino in Badia, Italy, in 1943; George Passmore was born in Plymouth, Devon, in 1942. After meeting at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London in 1967, they continued working together as the artistic duo Gilbert & George. Still active today, the couple dedicate themselves to challenging conventions, exploding cultural and religious taboos, and highlighting the contradictions and prejudices of contemporary society. Gilbert & George dress punctiliously in similar clothes, and often make themselves the subject of their art. Revisiting the concept of sculpture and using themselves as artistic material, the two men become ‘living sculptures’, following a creative process in which their lives coincide exactly with their art. Their work is inspired by the fundamental principle of Art for All: artistic representation should not exclude any aspect of the human condition and should have an educational function.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (2014), Tate Modern, London (2007) and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2002) all dedicated exhibitions to Gilbert & George. The work Dead Boards no. 11 (1976) was exhibited at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibition ‘The Illusion of Light’ (2014-15).