Gilbert & George

George the Cunt and Gilbert the Shit (1969)

About this artwork

This ‘magazine sculpture’ was published in the journal Studio International in 1970, where it was shown in black and white with the offending words censored. Gilbert & George have described this work as an attempt to pre-empt criticism of themselves: "we knew there was a battle ahead and we wanted to be in there first, long before somebody could say we weren’t good artists, we couldn’t draw or we couldn’t paint, long before all that criticism began, we had already attacked ourselves, called ourselves 'a Shit and a Cunt'”.

  • title: George the Cunt and Gilbert the Shit
  • accession number: AR00170
  • artist: Gilbert & GeorgeEnglish (Gilbert Proesch born 1943; George Passmore born 1942)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Mixed media
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1969
  • measurements: 30.50 x 48.40 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.