The limited edition print, Gothic Query
, 2006, was donated by Gilbert & George to Tate on the occasion of their retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern. In their typical graphic style, it features portraits of the artists and a central text piece in the form of a cross. The text reads “Was Jesus Straight?” in a gothic font, turning the title into a pun on queerness. The edition of 100 is signed and numbered by the artists and are framed to order.
Gilbert & George
Gilbert & George: Major Exhibition, 15 February – 7 May 2007
102 x 76 cm (framed)
Digital pigment print in bespoke frame
Edition of 100, signed and numbered
Date of work
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Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore met in 1967 at St Martin’s School of Art. At a time when sculpture was dominant at the school Gilbert and George saw the medium as elitist and poor at reaching beyond an art context. In response they made themselves into living sculpture, sacrificing separate identity and subverting the very notion of creativity.
Gilbert & George first made their ‘photo-pieces’ in 1971. The aesthetic language of these pieces remains as their dominant form of expression. The subject matter of their work has gradually shifted in its emphasis of their personal experiences to concentrate on the realities of urban living and the constructs of this reality.