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Planed: Own Your Very Own Artwork by Gilbert and George

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Gilbert and George, the artists who were recently treated to a career retrospective at the Tate Modern in London, have made available for 48 hours an original work of art called "Planed" to anyone who wants it. The artwork, which consists of nine panels that must be assembled by you, is available here, and here's more info on it from the Guardian:

"In line with the practice of Gilbert and George over many years, it consists of a number of panels. Members of the public must download each of the nine panels to create the full artwork, which can then be printed off, at any dimension, and assembled. There is no limit to the number of times the work can be reproduced. The title refers to the plane tree, with distorted images of its leaves and fruit forming the background. It is a tree particularly associated with London and it is the texture of London streets, from road signs to graffiti and newspaper billboards, that has informed most of Gilbert and George's work for 40 years. As with all their work, the piece also includes images of the artists themselves - in this case neatly suited and booted, but distorted like images seen through a kaleidoscope."

According to the paper, "Gilbert and George rarely produce work in editions, and have never done so for free before; Planed thus represents the most wholehearted manifestation of 'art for all' of their career."

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Gilbert and George give each other the finger as the Tate Modern opens the largest exhibit it has ever devoted to a single artist.

The Guardian reflects on their "deeply filthy" exhibit and career: "Gilbert & George have drawn cartoon hand-jobs, photographed skinheads, Asian boys, mouths, navels, bums, leaves, tears, words and expressions. Their multi-panelled pictures burst into acid colour and became ever more lurid and confrontational. In some ways, their art prefigured punk, saw fundamentalism coming and foresaw the shocks of Aids. And the mood in their art kept flipping, from celebration to horror, from flowers to shit. In Shitty Naked Human World, Gilbert & George got down to their underpants - two middle-aged naked men ungainly in their skins, George never taking his glasses off, their turds like sentinels behind them."

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Federline_1Those of you heading to London in the coming days who aren't interested in seeing Kevin Federline's throat slit at the National Portrait Gallery may want to make your way over to the Victoria and Albert Museum which is featuring an exhibit dedicated to Kylie Minogue.

You will be welcome to stare at Kylie's gold lamé hotpants for as long as you like.

Of course there's also the Tate Modern, which on February 15th will be hosting the largest-ever exhibit dedicated to Gilbert and George.

GilbertandgeorgeFor more on Gilbert and George, there was an enlightening article in The Observer last week (via queerty) that shed some light on their delight at being featured at the Tate after being shunned from its walls for many years: "George's theory is that homophobia is still alive and well, even in the supposedly liberal and bohemian art world. 'There's a lot of closet gay bashing,' he says. 'There are journalists who attack us without saying anything about that [their sexuality], but you can see clearly what it is. The Guardian once said: "They must be very unhappy, after all these years, of being called filthy queers." The Guardian! Extraordinary!' In fact, he thinks the art world and the media are a good deal less tolerant than the man on the street. In their real lives, no one ever abuses them."


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