Gilbert & George, England, 1980, 118 1/2 x 118 1/2".


Gilbert & George

Tate Modern
February 15–May 7

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstrasse 1
June 9–September 16

de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
February 1–May 1

Castello di Rivoli
Piazza Mafalda di Savoia
October 8–January 6

Curated by Jan Debbaut

Gilbert & George claim that “Most people who saw our last retrospective [in the UK] are dead,” but their influence on several generations of younger British artists is clear. The duo apparently lobbied Tate Modern for a retrospective, and the museum is now presenting the largest exhibition of their work to date (curated by Jan Debbaut), spanning the artists’ transgressive-conceptualist history from the early “living sculptures” to the present, including their postcard pieces, all forty-five “Pictures” series, and new works. Here, in Britain’s powerhouse of cultural tourism, G&G’s arch (in both senses) conservative performance of “life as art” and their obsession with identity will be refracted through their post-YBA role as national art icons. Travels to Haus der Kunst, Munich, June 9–Sept. 16; Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, Oct. 8, 2007–Jan. 6, 2008; De Young Museum, San Francisco, Feb.–May 2008; and other venues.