Gilbert & George: Jack Freak Pictures – Center for Fine Arts, Brussels





Center for Fine Arts, Brussels



Gilbert & George
Jack Freak Pictures
29.10.2010 > 23.01.2011





Gilbert & George’s Jack Freak Pictures have been described by the renowned art critic Michael Bracewell as “among the most iconic, philosophically astute and visually violent works they have ever created.” The artists are famous for their monumental pictures, saturated with bright colours.


Gilbert & George: Jack Freak Pictures


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The Center for Fine Arts present 85 pictures from their latest and most elaborate group to date, in which they subvert the usual spirit of patriotism and commemorative zeal, and explore feelings of portent and anxiety as much as celebration and pride.

The common element running throughout the group is the flag of the United Kingdom, as this flag’s historical and symbolic presence is the exhibition’s connecting theme. Moving beyond icons, Gilbert & George allow their motif to keep its own ambiguous rhetoric so they can create geometric abstract and figurative designs in red, blue and white to the maximum possible extent.

These images examine the past, the present, and the future, their powerful iconography relentlessly exploring our human experience. They represent a summary of their art, a consolidation of the themes and feelings they have explored in their art through more than forty years: city life in all its fragility and severity, racial conflicts, sexuality, religion, scatology, etc.


Gilbert & George


Gilbert & George OF THE CLOTH 127 x 151 cm © Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George: Jack Freak Pictures


Gilbert & George UNITED KINGDOM 226 x 254 cm © Gilbert & George







Courtesy Center for Fine Arts, Brussels
Images © Gilbert & George





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