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Gilbert & George

The Rudimentary Pictures

8.10.1999 – 9.1.2000
© Gilbert & George, Gum City, 1998, 338 x 284cm.

© Gilbert & George, Gum City, 1998, 338 x 284cm.

© Gilbert & George, Eye Wall, 1998, 226 x 190cm.

© Gilbert & George, Eye Wall, 1998, 226 x 190cm.

© Gilbert & George, Spell of Sweating, 1998, 226 x 317cm.

© Gilbert & George, Spell of Sweating, 1998, 226 x 317cm.

Gilbert & George, Installation View. The Cube Gallery - showing view through to Gallery 2. Photo: David Hare. 

Gilbert & George, Installation View. The Cube Gallery - showing view through to Gallery 2. Photo: David Hare. 

Gilbert & George, Installation View. The Cube Gallery - showing the first floor Events Room window. Photo: David Hare. 

Gilbert & George, Installation View. The Cube Gallery - showing the first floor Events Room window. Photo: David Hare. 

Gilbert & George, Installation View, MK Gallery, 1999

Gilbert & George, Installation View, MK Gallery, 1999

Gilbert & George, Installation view from Cube Gallery through Gallery 2 to

Gilbert & George, Installation view from Cube Gallery through Gallery 2 to 'Gallery Link'. Photo: David Hare. 

Gilbert & George visiting MK Gallery construction site on 22/6/99 to announce their forthcoming exhibition

Gilbert & George visiting MK Gallery construction site on 22/6/99 to announce their forthcoming exhibition

Gilbert & George visiting MK Gallery construction site on 22/6/99 to announce their forthcoming exhibition

Gilbert & George visiting MK Gallery construction site on 22/6/99 to announce their forthcoming exhibition

© Gilbert & George, Gum City, 1998, 338 x 284cm.
© Gilbert & George, Eye Wall, 1998, 226 x 190cm.
© Gilbert & George, Spell of Sweating, 1998, 226 x 317cm.
Gilbert & George, Installation View. The Cube Gallery - showing view through to Gallery 2. Photo: David Hare. 
Gilbert & George, Installation View. The Cube Gallery - showing the first floor Events Room window. Photo: David Hare. 
Gilbert & George, Installation View, MK Gallery, 1999
Gilbert & George, Installation view from Cube Gallery through Gallery 2 to
Gilbert & George visiting MK Gallery construction site on 22/6/99 to announce their forthcoming exhibition
Gilbert & George visiting MK Gallery construction site on 22/6/99 to announce their forthcoming exhibition

© Gilbert & George, Gum City, 1998, 338 x 284cm.

Gilbert & George: The Rudimentary Pictures

8 October 1999 - 9 January 2000

 

Gilbert & George are two of the most important artists working in the world today and MK G* is the first public gallery in England to be built from scratch in 20 years. It is appropriate, therefore, to open MK G with a distinctive, important and high profile exhibition. Gilbert & George are also seen as radical and outside the establishment, in many of the same ways as Milton Keynes is seen in comparision with traditional British cities. Both can be viewed as bold, new and progressive. 

 

 

Gilbert & George: The Rudimentary Pictures, presents thirty-three new works, in which they explore such themes as alienation, sex, race, and human existence. Many of these striking pictures extend the distinctive range of images they have created exploring city life. In Gum City, City Sweat, Money CityBlood City, Piss City, Sex City and Crying City, backgrounds of London street plans are combined with map-like microscopic details of blood, sweat, tears, urine and semen, together with themselves.  

 

Speaking about The Rudimentary Pictures, Gilbert & George have said:  

They deal with the thoughts and feelings that lie within us all and with the issues that confront us daily. Our cities, your tears, their money, the rain, our sexuality, your sweat, their views are all in The Rudimentary Pictures.”  

 

Commenting on exhibiting in Milton Keynes the artists said:  

We are thrilled and touched that the Director, Stephen Snoddy has given us this opportunity to exhibit our new pictures in this exquisite gallery in Milton Keynes. The mere mention of the name Milton Keynes brings a smile of enthusiasm to the faces of our younger friends. It is very important that this young ‘Space Station’ of a city now has a building devoted to contemporary culture’. We are sure that it will be an exciting experience for everyone.”   

 

 

Gilbert & George are among the most important and original artists of our time. They met at St. Martin’s School of Art in 1967 and have been living and working together in London’s East End for over thirty years. From their unique beginnings as living and singing sculptures in the late 1960s they have created a vast range of distinctive pictures, which communicate honestly and directly with the viewer about aspects of contemporary society.

 

Gilbert & George, who work as a single artist, have achieved international recognition with their exhibitions held world wide, including China, Russia, Europe and the USA. In 1986 they won the Tate Gallery’s prestigious Turner Prize award and their work is to be found in many national museum and gallery collections. The Rudimentary Pictures is their first exhibition in the U.K. since ‘The Naked Shit Pictures’ which were shown at the South London Gallery in 1995. 

 

 

*MK Gallery was branded MK G when it first opened. 

More information

Watch Gilbert & George discuss the exhibition on

So Graham Norton (1999) HERE

 

Related articles


'It's got plenty of roads. Now it's on the map'

Jonathan Glancey for The Guardian, 4 October 1999

 

'Milton Keynes is one sexy city, say Gilbert and George'

David Lister for The Independent, 23 June 1999

 

Gilbert & George at Milton Keynes  PDF

Stephen Snoddy - Modern Painters, Autumn 1999

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