London

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

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

London

Gilbert & George

Tate Modern
Bankside
February 15–May 7, 2007

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstrasse 1
June 9–September 16, 2006

de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
February 1–May 1, 2008

Castello di Rivoli
Piazza Mafalda di Savoia
October 8, 2007–January 6, 2008

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.