Gilbert & George

Family Tree


Gilbert & George born 1943, born 1942
18 photographs, gelatin silver print on paper with dye on paper mounted onto board
Displayed: 2538 x 3540 x 25 mm
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

Not on display

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Family Tree is from the series ‘New Democratic Pictures’. The democracy referred to is one in which each individual is free and encouraged to contribute to society. The change in society proposed by these images is one that is founded on spiritual intoxication and the capacity to dream. Family Tree depicts the artists as colossal figures on their hands and knees at the foot of a large tree. On their backs stand small, naked versions of themselves. They appear to be supporting the tree, nourishing existence at a fundamental level.

Gallery label, February 2010