Gilbert & George have been elected as Royal Academicians at a recent general assembly of the Royal Academy of Arts, London. This is the first time that two people have been elected as one artist member in the history of the Academy.
Founded by King George III in 1768, the Royal Academy of Arts is a privately funded institution whose purpose is to be a clear, strong voice for art and artists. The Academy is governed by 80 Royal Academicians (RAs) who are all practising painters, sculptors, engravers, printmakers, draughtsmen and architects. On reaching the age of 75 they become Senior Academicians, initiating vacancies for new Members. Elections are held at regular meetings of the General Assembly, when new Members are voted in by existing RAs.
Gilbert & George began creating art together in 1967 when they met at St Martins School of Art. From the beginning, in their films and ‘LIVING SCULPTURE’ they appeared as figures in their own art. Gilbert & George believe that everything is potential subject matter for their art, in which they address social issues, taboos and artistic conventions.
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Gilbert & George Photo © Stephen White, courtesy the Royal Academy of Arts