- Henderson, Schuyler
- Date of entry: Jan-05-2012
- Last revised: May-18-2007
One of Gilbert and George's very few specific portraits, this is a collage of images culled from their photographs of their friend David Robilliard. Its title, "A.D.", can be taken to mean "Anno Domini" or "After David" or, as the artists suggest, "AIDS David". It is at first an extraordinarily ugly piece, even by Gilbert and George's standards: the uniform flesh tone with pearly globules of moisture (sweat, semen), broken up by the black of shadows, the black bristles of stubble, and the black grid. The image looks like it emerged from one of William S. Burrough's novels, a nightmarish combination of mouth, orifices, bodily cavities.
Exhibited at the Anthony D'Offay Gallery, London,1987. A video webcast of an interview with Gilbert and George as well as a screening of The World of Gilbert and George is available at the Tate Modern website: http://www.tate.org.uk/onlineevents/archive/gandg.htm
Gilbert & George: The Complete Pictures, 1971--2005 (Hardcover) by Gilbert & George (Author), Rudi Fuchs (Contributor) March 2007 (London: Tate Publishing)