An even bigger splash by Gilbert and George
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Friday 09 March 2012
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."
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