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Up God

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Gilbert and George, Up God, 1983, 30 hand colored gelatin silver prints mounted on Masonite, The Blanche Eloise Day Ellis and Robert Hale Ellis Memorial Collection, © 1983 Gilbert & George, 93.66a-dd

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Title

Up God

Artist

Gilbert and George (English, working together from 1967)

Date

1983

Medium

30 hand colored gelatin silver prints mounted on Masonite

Dimensions (H x W x D)

overall: 119 in x 119 in; each image: 23 5/8 in x 19 5/8 in

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

British

Credit Line

The Blanche Eloise Day Ellis and Robert Hale Ellis Memorial Collection

Accession Number

93.66a-dd

Copyright

© 1983 Gilbert & George

Terms

gelatin silver prints

Masonite (TM)

photographs

Description

In Up God eight sullen young boys with luridly colored flesh and clothing are posed as if on display. The lush, saturated colors and gold and silver leaf imbue Up God with its brilliant and decorative surface, ironically reminiscent of a stained glass window and thus at odds with the work's undertones. Angels’ wings are suggested at upper left and right, but their heavy, sharp edges connote danger rather than salvation. The black grid created by the abutting metal frames serves as a disjunctive device, deliberately destroying the viewer's impulse to easily decipher an obvious narrative.

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