About this artwork

This is one of Gilbert &George's multi-part photographic works. It consists of self-portraits of the artists, with Gilbert above and George below. The child-like drawings are purposefully clumsy, a feature that is exaggerated by their huge magnification and adds to their irony since they are clearly not the work of a child. The photographs are printed on yellow-tinted paper which tends to distance the viewer and emphasises the artificial and contrived procedure with which the piece is made, each photograph being enlarged, printed and framed individually.

  • title: Exhausted
  • accession number: GMA 2507
  • artist: Gilbert & GeorgeEnglish (Gilbert Proesch born 1943; George Passmore born 1942)
  • depicted: Gilbert & George
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Visual arts Emotions
  • date created: 1980
  • measurements: 242.00 x 202.00 cm (assembled)
  • credit line: Purchased 1982
  • copyright: © GILBERT & GEORGE
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George

Italian-born Gilbert Proesch and Englishman George Passmore met and studied at St Martin's School of Art in London in 1967 and have made only collaborative works since then. In 1969 they performed the first of several 'living sculptures', which rapidly launched their international careers as leading British performance artists. Since the early 1970s they have concentrated on producing large-scale photo-pieces, usually with themselves as the central subject. Gilbert & George state that their aim is to make their art as accessible as possible and that their art and life are one and the same. They won the Turner Prize in 1986.