Gilbert and George | the artist
Born Gilbert: Sept 17 1943, Dolomites, Italy, George: Jan 8 1942, Devon, England, UK.
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British sculptors. Gilbert Proesch (Dolomites, Italy, 17 Sept 1943) and George Passmore (Plymouth, Devon, 8 Jan 1942) met in 1967 as students at St Martins School of Art in London. By 1969 they were reacting against approaches to sculpture then dominant at St Martins, which they regarded as elitist and poor at communicating outside an art context. Their strategy was to make themselves into sculpture, so sacrificing their separate identities to art and turning the notion of creativity on its head. To that end Gilbert and George became interchangeable cyphers and their surnames were dispensed with.