About this artwork

This is one of Gilbert & George's multi-part photographic works. It consists of self-portraits of the artists, with Gilbert above and George below. The child-like drawings are purposefully clumsy, a feature that is exaggerated by their huge magnification and adds to their irony since they are clearly not the work of a child. The photographs are printed on yellow-tinted paper which tends to distance the viewer and emphasises the artificial and contrived procedure with which the piece is made, each photograph being enlarged, printed and framed individually.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Exhausted
  • date created:
    1980
  • materials:
    Sixteen-part photographic work (each part dyed and framed)
  • measurements:
    Assembled: 242.00 x 202.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1982
  • accession number:
    GMA 2507
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George