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GILBERT & GEORGE 'The Beard Pictures'
18 Oct 2017 - 20 Jan 2018
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is delighted to announce an exhibition of Gilbert and George’s newest body of work THE BEARD PICTURES. Created over the past two years, the pictures will be unveiled over the next months in a series of exhibitions in Paris, New York, Brussels, London, Naples and Athens. The artists have made a selection of the BEARD PICTURES for Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris Pantin, which will vary in size up to the 23 m long triptych OLD BEARD RUIN.
© Gilbert & George; Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London · Paris · Salzburg
Regarding this exhibition, British novelist Michael Bracewell states: “THE BEARD PICTURES are violent, eerie, grotesque, lurid and crazed. They show a dream-like world of paranoia and destruction and madness. Their strange sickly colours and creeping, smashed up, absurd landscapes confront the viewer with relentless aggression. They depict a world bereft of reason, in which negotiation no longer exists.
Gilbert & George take their places within the BEARD PICTURES as intense, red, staring, empty-headed and sinister versions of themselves. Their eyes are shadowed and bizarrely prettified. Mutant impish explorers or dead-headed sentinels, they seem to look at, into and through the viewer. They look possessed and serious. They look as though their spirits might have left their bodies. They look stern, absurd, imprisoned, mocking and mocked. In each picture they wear beards that are surreal and symbolic. Beards made of wire mesh, beards made of beer foam, beards made of flowers, beards comprising rabbits with snakes for tongues. Secular and sacred, the throwback emblem of hip millennial youth as well as a mark of religious faith, the beard is depicted in the BEARD PICTURES as both mask and meaning: a sign of the times.
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