ILYA & EMILIA KABAKOV
The Kabakovs are amongst the most celebrated artists of their generation, widely known for their large-scale installations and use of fictional personas. Critiquing the conventions of art history and drawing upon the visual culture of the former Soviet Union – from dreary communal apartments to propaganda art and its highly optimistic depictions of Soviet life – their work addresses universal ideas of utopia and fantasy; hope and fear.
Three major and rarely exhibited ‘total’ installations will be presented together for the first time: The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment 1985, Labyrinth (My Mother’s Album) 1990 and Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future 2001. Appearing as if they have been recently vacated, these uncanny environments draw spectators into the absurd and moving stories of these often fictional characters.
Gilbert Prousch, sometimes referred to as Gilbert Proesch (born 17 September 1943 in San Martin de Tor, Italy) and George Passmore (born 8 January 1942 in Plymouth, United Kingdom) are two artists who work together as the collaborative art duo Gilbert & George. They are known for their distinctive and highly formal appearance and manner in performance art, and also for their brightly coloured graphic-style photo-based artworks.
The artists Gilbert & George were in magnificently foul-mouthed form at the unveiling of their exhibition The Beard Pictures and their Fuckosophy (until 28 January) at White Cube last night. Seated at the centre of an extra-long dinner table running the entire length of the gallery’s main corridor, and surrounded by walls papered with some four thousand pronouncements and mottoes all featuring the F-word, the mature Lords of Misrule delivered a live presentation of some of their choiceist Fuckosophies. These ranged from “Fucking in North Korea” to “Fuck, Fuck Hooray” and “Fuckers have Feelings too!”