This Gilbert and George exhibition has now ended, and I was fortunate to be able to see all the exhibits on three different occasions.
Wikipedia says that …Gilbert Prousch,sometimes referred to as Gilbert Proesch (born 17 September 1943 in San Martin de Tor, Italy) and George Passmore (born 8 January 1942 in Plymouth, United Kingdom) are two artists who work together as the collaborative art duo Gilbert & George. They are known for their distinctive and highly formal appearance and manner in performance art, and also for their brightly coloured graphic-style photo-based artworks.
So the MAC brought three galleries of Gilbert & George’s work for display and discussion. And indeed, if nothing else, the works do provide discussion items. The exhibits are large, and you do need to take time to peruse each item, and the parts that make it up. However, I must state now that it was not a body of work that excited me. I came away from the exhibit looking for a theme, for a catch that made the series of displays of highly technical works gel together with each other, other than by colour – and for me, they don’t.
It was obvious that there were references to London streets, to various political statements, but I needed more context. I was looking for the story and I didn’t find one.
Should the Gilbert & George exhibition be in your area, I would urge you to go. Potentially you will see something that I missed – I hope so.
PS – having just been to the Ulster museum this weekend, there is one large piece by Gilbert & George on show on floor 4 – so if you missed the main body of work, at least you could catch up with one piece.
Location: The MAC [Metropolitan Arts Centre] – Belfast
Dates of show: 22 Jan – 22 April 2018