MUST DO: Gilbert & George at White Cube Bermondsey

There’s still time to catch the legendary east London artists’ 50th anniversary show

Gilbert & George. Photo: PR
We’ve followed the captivating antics of Whitechapel’s iconic artists for a couple of decades now – and can assuredly say that every show is worth catching.

Having first met as students at Saint Martin’s School of Art exactly half a century ago in 1967, the pair have lived and worked together as a single artist ever since. It goes without saying that they’ve won a stack of awards, including the Turner Prize back in 1986, and represented Great Britain at the 2005 Venice Biennale.

So one to add to your Xmas holiday to-do list is the current show at the White Cube, which celebrates 50 years of their art with The Beard Pictures And Their Fuckosophy, a new exhibition spanning all four galleries at Bermondsey (hint: it really is a lovely airy space).

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In the show, Gilbert & George appear as looming, otherworldly figures masked by surreal and symbolic beards; referencing beards not only as an emblem of millennial youth, but also as a mark of religious faith and social status.

The exhibition features more than forty works, including a must-see monumental quadripartite which comprises 4 x 7m wide pictures emblazoned with the words SEX, MONEY, RACE and RELIGION.

Also on display is THE FUCKOSOPHY, a collection of nearly 4000 pronouncements and mottoes created by Gilbert & George and installed on a large scale in the main corridor and gallery.

Not one to take granny to, then. But essential nonetheless.

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The Beard Pictures And Their Fuckosophy runs until 28th Jan at White Cube, 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street SE1 3TQ. More info and tickets here

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