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Exhausted 1980

Not on display

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.

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An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.



  • Acc. No. GMA 2507
  • Medium Sixteen-part photographic work (each part dyed and framed)
  • Size 242.00 x 202.00 cm (assembled)
  • Credit Purchased 1982