Internationally acclaimed British artists Gilbert & George are getting their first American retrospective in more than two decades with an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum that opens tomorrow. On view are more than ninety pictures produced since 1970, including more than a dozen that will be seen only in the Brooklyn. The exhibit will be on view through January 11th and is the final stop an acclaimed international tour organized by the Tate Modern.
Since meeting at a London arts school in the '60s, the eccentric duo—who prefer to be called "an artist" instead of two individuals—have collaborated on works in a variety of media, including performance art, famously painting themselves gold for "The Singing Sculpture" in 1970. Their large scale photo-montages (some seen here) began in black and white and, in the '80s, expanded into bold, vivid colors, exploring themes of terrorism, superstition, AIDS-related loss, aging, and death. "The artist" was on hand at a media preview this morning to answer questions; no word yet on whether George finally revealed why Gilbert's name comes first.