Gilbert and George: The Urethra Postcard Pictures

Hooray for Hoxton duo Gilbert and George and their new exhibition, The Urethra Postcard Pictures.

Over the past 40 years the East London twosome have transformed from walking artworld pun into respected social commentators (though other titles apportioned to the pair include perverts and blasphemers).

United in their composition, Urethra Postcard Pictures constitutes 13 cloned postcards set against a geometric take on a urethra. Each of the postcards, in trademark patriotic form, feature the Union Jack alongside an advert for sexual services.

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Only Gilbert (short) and George (tall), could grant prostitution and civic pride equal weighting. But, no matter the pair’s up-front, vaguely grubby approach, the work is still impeccably neat. Much like the recent Jack Freak Pictures series, The Urethra Postcard Pictures is classic G&G, and deserving of all applause.

Gilbert and George: The Urethra Postcard Pictures will be on show at White Cube Mason’s Yard from 14 Jan until 19 Feb 2011

Words by Alex Tieghi-Walker

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