White Cube is presenting 30 new works from polemic duo Gilbert & George, as part of their new show THE BANNERS. Uncompromising slogans such as ‘DECRIMINALISE SEX’, ‘BAN RELIGION’ or ‘FUCK THE TEACHERS’ are sprayed on white paper, upon which we can also read the artists’ signature ‘Gilbert & George say’. This series of very immediate and disruptive statements is intended to “address belief and conformism with a straightforward and uncompromising visual language”, White Cube says, “to answer prejudice with prejudice”.
The in-your-face exhortations are delivered on canvases, all uniform in scale, hung in a way that mimics street banners. We’d expect nothing less from these two – Gilbert & George have mastered the art of controversy since the 70s and have been (loudly) defying the norm through a variety of media.
THE BANNERS is their latest output, and you can see them from tomorrow until 24th January 2016 at White Cube Bermondsey.
White Cube Bermondsey
144 – 152 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3TQ
Tel +44 (0) 207 930 5373
Words by Isabel Nascimento
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