Gilbert and George (1976)
About this artwork
In the early 1970s Warhol began to accept regular commissions to paint the portraits of the rich and famous. However, as well as commissions, Warhol painted a number of portraits of people he admired, especially other artists. The British artist-duo Gilbert and George, like Warhol, are recognised as much for their appearance as their art. These Polaroid photographs of the pair relate to the screenprinted diptych Warhol created the same year. Gilbert and George, who specialise in staged photographs of themselves, have posed for Warhol’s snapshots in a highly self-conscious manner. They appear to be adopting different characters, much like Warhol’s self-portrait photographs of around the same time.
- title: Gilbert and George
- accession number: AR00316
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- depicted: Gilbert & George
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Photograph
- date created: 1976
- measurements: 9.50 x 7.20 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
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.