An even bigger splash by Gilbert and George


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The Independent Culture

Over the past six years, artists Gilbert and George have pinched 3,712 lurid headline posters from their local newsagent. The result, London Pictures, is an exhibition that presents a starkly different image of London from the one promoted to visitors for the Olympics.

The exhibition opens in the White Cube's three London galleries today as well as its site in Hong Kong. At 292 pieces, it is the Turner Prize-winning pair's largest ever series. Each work, priced between £50,000 and £250,000, picks a theme from the headlines including "Yobs", "Money" and "Murder".

Gilbert said: "We have created a Dickens-like city of unhappiness and fear. Of threats and suicide. A version that is not just all blue skies."