Ginkgo Winkgo by Gilbert & George

Ginkgo Winkgo

2005 GGE01
61 x 88
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OAK BLACK (75 x 102 CM)

75 x 102 cm (External dimensions)

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The Daily Telegraph heralds Gilbert & George as the “Godfathers of British contemporary art”. Over the last three decades, their humorous, taboo-breaking works have risen to iconic status in the art world.

Gilbert & George became world-famous for turning their own appearance into a work of art. In their photographic work and performances, they combine art and life, artist and viewer.

In 1967, Gilbert Proesch, a South Tyrolean, met George Passmore, a Briton, at St. Martins School of Art in London. For their first collaborative art project, they painted themselves gold, got on a table and repeatedly sang “Underneath the Arches”. Since then, it has been impossible to imagine the art world without these two – no longer using their last names – as “Living Sculptures”. In 1986, they were awarded the renowned Turner Prize. In 2007, the Tate Modern honoured them with a retrospective: the largest solo show to date in the gallery on the Thames. At auction, their work now fetches six figures.

Since the early 80s, their montages have been marked by the use of luminous, glaring colours. The edition “Gingko Wingko” abounds with bright, colourful elements and depicts the artists in their customary bespoke suits. They are continually reinventing the way they play with symbolism and more striking elements. As stiff as their poses are, as rigidly as their gaze is fixed upon the viewer – that is also the extent to which their grimaces celebrate the chaos of daily life.

In 2005, the piece “Gingko Wingko” made its debut at the 51st Venice Biennial, where Gilbert & George represented Great Britain in the international art exhibition.
Gilbert Prousch
1943Born in San Martin de Tor, Italy
Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany
Studied Sculpture under Anthony Caro at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK
George Passmore
1942Born in Plymouth, UK
Studied at Dartington College of Arts and at the Oxford School of Arts, UK
Studied Sculpture under Anthony Caro at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK

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