Gilbert & George

CRUSADE (1980)

About this artwork

Around 1974 Gilbert & George began to make ordered rectangular grids of their imagery, a format they have followed and developed to the present day. ‘Crusade’ is an early example of their increasing use of colour. Having trained as sculptors, they were initially uncertain about how to use colour, adding only red at first to their black and white compositions. Here, there is a link between the title, which refers to military expeditions to the Holy Land undertaken by Christians in the Middle Ages, and the fact that the artists are holding the backs of the chairs as if they were crosses.

  • title: CRUSADE
  • accession number: AR00172
  • artist: Gilbert & GeorgeEnglish (Gilbert Proesch born 1943; George Passmore born 1942)
  • depicted: Gilbert & George
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • date created: 1980
  • measurements: 242.40 x 202.00 x 2.50 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © GILBERT & GEORGE
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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.