The Brothers Grimm: Jake & Dinos Chapman

The Chapman brothers are not shy. Since first bursting onto the art scene in the early 90s with work featured in the notorious YBA exhibition, Sensation, the Chapman brothers have become known as bad boys of Britart. And with a quick Google of them it's not hard to see why: spats with journalists, death threats and "pornographic, vulgar" work fill the Internet pages. Yikes.

Since their work featured in both YBA exhibitions in the mid-nineties the Chapman brothers - Jake and Dinos - have become synonymous with controversial art, often having their work labelled as vulgar and offensive. But despite the labels and occasional spats with the press the Chapman brothers have been hugely important to British art and were nominated for the Turner prize in 2003. Here, Crane.tv talk to the brothers about their latest exhibition at the White Cube gallery, which for the first time they worked separately on, and finds out their message for fellow YBA Tracey Emin.

Fucking Hell


Glass-fibre, plastic and mixed media (nine parts)

8 parts: 84 5/8 x 50 11/16 x 98 3/8 in. (215 x 128.7 x 249.8 cm) / 1 part: 84 13/16 x 50 3/8 x 50 3/8 in. (215.4 x 128 x 128 cm)

Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

Head over to White Cube to check out some more pics of their work and for a sense of just how truly unforgiving and creatively eerie history can be!

From 15 July to 17 September. Address: 48 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB and 25-26 Mason's Yard, London, SW1Y 6BU, http://www.jakeanddinoschapman.com/

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