Image: Attacked
(1943 and 1942 - )

Attacked , 1991

Hand-dyed photographs in metal frames
99 3/4 in. x 195 7/8 in. (253.37 cm x 497.52 cm)
Museum Acquisition Fund and Knight Purchase Fund for Photographic Media
1994.22 a-u
Considered among the most important British artists working today, Gilbert & George began collaborating on performances and artworks in 1969.  They have been key figures in the development of postmodern photography because, from the start, they regarded the photograph as something purposefully constructed rather than as an image that captures existing reality.

Since 1974, the duo has been producing large photomontages divided by a grid of black frames resembling the leading on a stained-glass window.  These present a carefully manipulated, artificial world characterized by large scale and dramatic images related to advertising and the popular media.  "We want our Art to speak across the barriers of knowledge directly to People about their Life and not about their knowledge of art," say the artists.

The artists often depict their own images surrounded (or in the case of this work, assailed) by symbols of urban life or of nature.  In 'Attacked', Gilbert & George stick out their tongues to be rude and defiant, but the gesture also suggests a visit to the doctor’s office, childishness and sexual aggression.  The tongue-in-cheek humor in much of their work masks a concern with greater truths of the human condition. Attacked dramatizes multiple threats—psychological assault, urban danger and viral contagion.  In the minds of Gilbert & George, “everybody is hiding something” and “some aspect of their life is under attack.”
  
Subscribe on Yahoo! Calendar

Yahoo Calendar Instructions:

  1. On your Yahoo Calendar page, find "Subscribed" on the left side-bar and click the "plus" sign
  2. Click "Subscribe to Other Calendars"
  3. Paste the following link in the "iCal Address" field:
  4. Choose a Display Name and Calendar Color and click "Continue"
Help with calendar subscriptions

Help with calendar subscriptions:

Most modern calendar software will allow you to subscribe to online calendars. If you have different software other than those that are listed, you can use the following URL in its subscribe feature to automatically display upcoming events:

Search the Collection

Quick Search

  Go

Advanced Search

Online Collection paid for with a grant from
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Rights & Reproduction

The use of images, text, and all other media found on this website is limited. Please review the Rights and Reproduction document for details.