Tim Marlow

Sunday 13 January


Full billing:

Tim Marlow provides an engaging tour of the highlights of ‘Henry Moore at Kew’, the largest exhibition of its kind ever staged in London. With his usual combination of enthusiasm and insight, Tim looks at all of Moore’s major themes, from the reclining figure to the idea of sculpture as landscape. He also secures a rare interview with sculptor Sir Anthony Caro, who was once Moore’s assistant and has inherited his mantle as Britain’s most illustrious living sculptor

EPG billing:

Tim Marlow provides an engaging tour of the highlights of ‘Henry Moore at Kew’, the largest exhibition of its kind ever staged in London

tim marlow with… gilbert & george 00.00–00.45

The world’s most eccentric artistic double act, the self-proclaimed living sculptures Gilbert & George, are to join Tim Marlow in a walk round their new exhibition at Tate Modern. Sex, race, religion, bodily fluids, nudity, terrorism, love and drunkenness are all part of what will be the largest exhibition of their work to date, with 200 works on display.

Since meeting at St Martin’s School of Art in 1967, Gilbert & George have pushed at the boundaries of art and society. Not surprisingly, their art has often hit the headlines. The ‘Dirty Words Pictures’ of the mid 70s shocked many at the time and more recent series have provoked revulsion and accusations of blasphemy, as well as being critically lauded.

But for Gilbert & George, any shock value is a result of a careful calculation. They want their art to reach the largest possible audience, to catch people’s attention.

Famously straight-faced and seemingly straitlaced, Gilbert & George’s public demeanour contrasts enormously with the often riotous, irreverent and humorous nature of their work.

They have lived in the same house in the East End of London for almost four decades and never eat at home, choosing instead to dine out in restaurants. They visit the supermarket just once a year, in order to buy vast quantities of domestic supplies. Their extraordinary relationship is often the subject of public curiosity. But such curiosity is really an extension of their art – soon after joining forces in the late 60s, Gilbert & George declared themselves ‘living sculptures’. From then on, everything they did could be regarded as an artwork.

The Tate show presents, for the first time, their most politically charged work to date –new works created especially for the exhibition. The ‘Six Bomb Pictures’ are made up of a 14-metre triptych entitled ‘Bomb’ and five other pictures: ‘Bombs’, ‘Bomber’, ‘Bombers’, ‘Bombing’ and ‘Terror’. Dealing explicitly with the London terrorist attacks of 2005, the artists describe the images as “the most chilling pictures we have created to date.”

The main component of the pictures is 136 sandwich board posters, which Gilbert & George have been collecting for over two years, featuring headlines from London’s Evening Standard.

In the programme, Tim quizzes the duo about their art, working practices and their unique relationship. The film offers an insightful peek into the lives and work of two of the most fascinating artists working today.

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