THIRST
© Gilbert & George

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THIRST 1982
  • Artist Rooms
We are driven by everything that is slightly taboo, by the forbidden.” Sexuality is a central theme of Gilbert & George’s work, which is explored in images that are often provocative and disconcerting. ‘Hunger’ and ‘Thirst’ show a sexual act that is depicted in a cartoon-like, almost diagrammatic, manner. The artists have commented on these works: “we wanted to confront the viewers in a museum, as normally you don’t see this stuff, and make them accept it. It was done in a cartoon like way because in reality they would never have been accepted at that time”.

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00174
  • Medium 16 photographs, gelatin silver print on paper with dye on paper mounted onto board
  • Size 242.40 x 202.00 x 25 cm (16 panels, framed)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008