Gilbert & GeorgeCunt Scum 1977

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Gilbert & George (born 1943, born 1942)
Cunt Scum
Date 1977
Medium16 photographs, black and white, on paper mounted onto board
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 2413 x 2007 mm
Acquisition Presented anonymously 1998
Not on display


Cunt Scum belongs to a series of twenty-six works known as The Dirty Words Pictures, which Gilbert and George created in 1977. They follow the format established in the preceding Red Morning series, to which Red Morning Trouble (Tate T07155) belongs. This consists of abutting photographic images mounted in narrow, black metal frames, arranged in a grid. Each work in the Dirty Words series is a composition made up of photographs the artists took of each other, obscene graffiti and east London street scenes. The graffiti words, from which the work’s title is derived, are placed at the top of the work. The artists have explained: ‘by putting the word along the top, then something vertical down both sides, it looked like a door. A door of hell. We found much of the grafitti in doorways ... We became interested to know what makes a person do that.’ (Quoted in Ratcliff, p.XXVII… (read more)

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