Always formal, never elitist; the artists Gilbert Prousch (born 1943 in San Martin de Tor, IT) and George Passmore (born 1942 in Plymouth, UK) are better known together as the suit-dawning artist duo Gilbert & George. Foregoing their individual identities, the artists adopted a collective persona under which they perform and exhibit called Gilbert & George. The artists consider themselves a "living sculpture" for which their life is… Read more
About the artwork
If you live in a city, chances are you have seen golden Egyptian goddesses or silver-doused men miming on street corners. The origins of these panhandling performances are rooted in The Singing Sculpture—the duo's debut 1969 living sculpture performance on Cable Street in London. With hands and faces covered in bronze paint, and sporting the flannel suits that were to become their artistic uniform for the next 3 decades, Gilbert & George took their place atop of a table and reenacted a robotic song-and-dance routine to the tune of Flanagan and Allen's Underneath the Arches.