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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Gilbert & George

b. 1967, United Kingdom

Gilbert & George have long been acknowledged icons of contemporary art.

In 1967 they met as students at St Martin's School of Art in London. By 1969 they were reacting against approaches to sculpture then dominant at St Martin's, which they regarded as elitist and poor at communicating outside an art context. Their strategy was to make themselves into sculpture, so sacrificing their separate identities to art and turning the notion of creativity on its head. Working as a pair and presenting themselves as 'living sculpture', incorporating themselves into their art, setting out to provoke their viewers, making them think and question conventions and taboos.

In 1971 Gilbert & George made their first 'photo-pieces', which remained their dominant form of expression. They gradually shifted the emphasis of their subject-matter away from their own experiences of life. Instead they concentrated on the inner-city reality that confronted them on the street and on the structures and feelings that inform life such as religion, class, royalty, sex, hope, nationality, death, identity, politics and fear.

Featured Artworks

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FUCK OFF HIPSTERS by Gilbert & George contemporary artwork Gilbert & GeorgeFUCK OFF HIPSTERS, 2016 Mixed media
302 x 444 cm
Lehmann Maupin
EMBEARD by Gilbert & George contemporary artwork Gilbert & GeorgeEMBEARD, 2016 Mixed media
151 x 127 cm
Lehmann Maupin
VOTE BEARD by Gilbert & George contemporary artwork Gilbert & GeorgeVOTE BEARD, 2016 Mixed media
190 x 226 cm
Lehmann Maupin
BLOODBEARD by Gilbert & George contemporary artwork Gilbert & GeorgeBLOODBEARD, 2016 Mixed media
151 x 127 cm
Lehmann Maupin
BEARDCAMP by Gilbert & George contemporary artwork Gilbert & GeorgeBEARDCAMP, 2016 Mixed media
190 x 302 cm
Lehmann Maupin
BEARDNEST by Gilbert & George contemporary artwork Gilbert & GeorgeBEARDNEST, 2016 Mixed media
151 x 190 cm
Lehmann Maupin
BEARDORAGE by Gilbert & George contemporary artwork Gilbert & GeorgeBEARDORAGE, 2016 Mixed media
226 x 317 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Beardmoor by Gilbert & George contemporary artwork Gilbert & GeorgeBeardmoor, 2016 Mixed media
74.8 x 88.98 inches
Lehmann Maupin

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Gilbert & George, THE BEARD PICTURES at Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
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10 January–16 March 2019 Gilbert & George THE BEARD PICTURES Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Gilbert & George, THE BEARD PICTURES at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
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10 January–16 March 2019 Gilbert & George THE BEARD PICTURES Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Gridology at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
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12 July–24 August 2018 Group Exhibition Gridology Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong

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In Ocula Magazine

Gilbert & George Ocula Conversation Gilbert & George Artists, United Kingdom

'Extraordinary!' is how George periodically punctuates his sentences, like a West Country boy still blinded by the city lights. Gilbert occasionally echoes him—his R's rolling off the Dolomites of his youth. Despite living in London's Spitalfields for half a century, no detail of urban life ceases to astound their collective curiosity. At...

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Bob Rennie Ocula Conversation Bob Rennie Collector

In Vancouver's Chinatown, an area wedged between the gleaming office towers of the city's affluent West End and the city’s poorest neighbourhood, Downtown Eastside, is a gallery showcasing work from one of the world’s leading private collections.Housed in a restored iteration of Chinatown’s oldest building, the...

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Dynamic Busan: More to see than just the sea Ocula Report Dynamic Busan: More to see than just the sea 31 May 2016 : Angela Suh for Ocula

The second largest city in South Korea, with a population of 3.6 million, Busan is a thriving metropolis situated at the south eastern end of the Korean peninsula. As a port city, Busan has a rich history of cultural exchange and is nationally acknowledged for its regional cuisine and diverse scenery. Reflecting its motto, 'Dynamic...

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Rachel Lehmann Ocula Conversation Rachel Lehmann Founding Partner of Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Rachel Lehmann is not only one half of the gallery powerhouse that is Lehmann Maupin, but she is also an international citizen of the world. Lehmann was born in Asmara, Ethiopia, and studied at the University of Fribourg in France. She worked at the legendary Sonnabend Gallery in New York, and was the proprietor of two contemporary galleries in...

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Gilbert & George bring battle of cultures to Berlin church Related Press Gilbert & George bring battle of cultures to Berlin church The Art Newspaper : 22 May 2017

The British art duo Gilbert & George were not initially convinced it was a good idea to show their work in a church. They are generally anti-religion. But, as George points out, 'faith in the church is out there' and to deny its existence would be futile.

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MoMA/MoMA PS1 Records releases 'The Thoughts of Gilbert & George' on vinyl Related Press MoMA/MoMA PS1 Records releases 'The Thoughts of Gilbert & George' on vinyl ARTNews : 8 August 2016

MoMA/MoMA PS1 Records—yes, the institutions have a record label—has released a special vinyl edition of The Thoughts of Gilbert & George, a recording that revisits their landmark work The Singing Sculpture, discussing the process of its creation as they sit in the studio. 

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Beauty, sex and the body’s limits explored in new Phaidon art book Related Press Beauty, sex and the body’s limits explored in new Phaidon art book It's Nice That : 18 November 2015

A weighty new title from Phaidon claims to be one of the most thorough, in-depth books looking at the body in art ever to be published. Body of Art takes on 35 millennia of representing the human form, from the figurative to the abstract to the conceptual. Featuring work by over 400 artists, including Marina Abramović, Matisse and Tracey Emin, the...

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Prends-ça! A Paris exhibition invites visitors to take the artworks with them Related Press Prends-ça! A Paris exhibition invites visitors to take the artworks with them Hyperallergic : 20 October 2015

Take Me (I’m Yours) at the Monnaie de Paris revives and expands a 1995 exhibition curated by Christian Boltanski and Hans-Ulrich Obrist at London’s Serpentine Gallery, in which all the art is designed to be touched and taken away. Chiara Parisi, director of cultural programs at the French institution, joins the duo in curating the 2015...

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In Related Video

Art Stage Singapore 2015 Related Video & Audio Art Stage Singapore 2015 Vernissage TV / 21 January 2015 : 22 January 2015

For the 5th time, Art Stage Singapore takes place at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. The fair is known for its special focus on Southeast Asian art scenes (Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar). This year, more than 170 galleries from Asian and Western countries...

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