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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

London Pictures

Gilbert & George in the courtyard of the Gilbert & George Centre.

5a Heneage St, London E1 5LJ, United Kingdom

You may recognize Gilbert & George by their matching tweed suits, colorful ties, and noticeable size difference. An artist duo and a couple since the 1960s, Gilbert Prousch and George Passmore have worked together in various mediums, including performance art and photography. “We are two people but one artist,” they say. Committed to realism, the pair have also said they are “deeply romantic: finding heightened or disturbed emotion in ordinary things.” One year ago, they opened the Gilbert & George Centre, in East London. The museum is funded by the sale of their own work and is free to all. For its one-year anniversary, 28 pictures from Gilbert & George’s “London Pictures” series will be on display. Honest and intense, the images were created using thousands of newspaper posters that the couple stole over many years. Showing scenes of urban life, hope, and suffering, the images attempt to “eliminate the conscious act of ‘art-making,’ asserting instead the reality, as reported by the print news media of London,” according to the Lehmann Maupin gallery. —Jeanne Malle

Photo: © Tom Oldham/courtesy of the Gilbert & George Centre

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