Gilbert & George b. 1943 / 1942
The artist duo Gilbert & George are best known for their performance art and work in video, photography and mixed media. Gilbert & George have been working together for over 50 years, fully integrating all aspects of their lives into their art, calling themselves ‘living sculptures’. Gilbert studied at Wolkenstein School of Art, South Tyrol, Italy; Hallein School of Art, Austria; and Munich Academy of Art, Germany; and George studied at Dartington Hall College of Art, Devon, UK, and the Oxford School of Art, UK. They met in 1967, while both studying at St. Martin’s School of Art, London, and have worked together since. Gilbert & George won the prestigious Turner Prize in 1986, represented the UK at the Venice Biennale in 2005, and had the largest retrospective of any artist at the Tate Modern, London, in 2007. They have held solo exhibitions at museums around the world, including the Helsinki Art Museum, Finland; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, among others. Their works are included in numerous public and private collections, including the Guggenheim, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; and National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.