Gilbert & George | Kiss Me (Red and Black)
Gilbert & George | Kiss Me (Red and Black) 2021
Signed from a Suite of 12 Unique Washes.
Special 400gsm Watercolour Paper and Indian Ink
27 3/5 × 39 2/5 in | 70 × 100 cm
Signed and numbered
Edition of 50
This artwork is available to purchase at Enter Gallery
Gilbert & George | Kiss Me (Red and Black) is from a series of 12 ink washes created by Gilbert and George to honour the 50th anniversary of London’s Serpentine Gallery. The gallery was the first to bring the duo’s Dirty Words Pictures (1977) together for the first time.
The series combines found swear words and slogans exploring urban life, 20th century turmoil and our shifting attitudes towards sexuality and existence.
From a limited edition of 50, each piece is framed, created by hand with Indian Ink and is therefore unique. It comes signed and numbered by the artist.
After meeting at St Martin’s School of Art, Gilbert & George began creating art together in 1967 using the backdrop of London’s East End as their inspiration. Together they have confronted many of the fundamental issues of existence: sex, religion, corruption, violence, hope, fear, racial tension, patriotism, addiction and death.
The duo believe that an artist’s sacrifice is a necessary condition of art and often appear as figures in their own work as, ‘Living Sculptures’. Their vulnerable and fragile depictions of their own bodies have helped recast the commonly seen depiction of the male nude as a potent figure of masculine strength.
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