EXISTERS
© Gilbert & George

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EXISTERS 1984
  • Artist Rooms
Many of Gilbert & George’s pictures in the 1980s include a cast of young men. Having installed special lighting equipment in their studio, they were able to capture images of the youths with a greater degree of control. “We devoted all our power to making them totally beautiful”, they have said. In pictures such as ‘Existers’, the youths are arranged into powerful compositions, living embodiments of potency and strength. Such depictions of young men aroused considerable hostility among critics, who accused Gilbert & George of being exploitative, and wrongly described the youths as rent boys or East End thugs.

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Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Composition

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00505
  • Medium 28 photographs, gelatin silver print on paper with dye and silver leaf on board
  • Size 241.00 x 351.00 cm
  • 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