Gilbert & George

CRUSADE

1980

Medium
16 hand-coloured photographs, gelatin silver print on paper on board
Dimensions
Displayed: 2424 x 2020 x 25 mm
Acquisition
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00172

Display caption

Around 1974 Gilbert & George began to make ordered rectangular grids of their imagery, a format they have followed and developed to the present day. Crusade also shows an early example of their increasing use of colour. Having trained as sculptors, they were initially uncertain about how to use colour, adding only red at first to their black and white compositions. Here, there is a link between the title, which refers to a military expedition undertaken by Christians in Europe in the middle ages, and the fact that the artists are holding the backs of the chairs as if they were crosses.

Gallery label, February 2010