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British artists, brothers, born in Cheltenham and London respectively. Graduates of the *Royal College of Art, they have worked as a team since the early 1990s. They are among the most controversial figures associated with the *Young British Artists. In the *‘Sensation’ exhibition of 1997 they exhibited fibreglass figures of pubescent girls fused into each other and with penises for noses. They also made a life-size three-dimensional version of one of the most horrific images from Goya's Disasters of War. They have also made works based on the mutilation of other works: notoriously, a set of Goya's prints was given grotesque mask-like faces. Their work is undeniably memorable and striking, especially the set of tableaux exhibited in glass cases entitled Hell (1999) and depicting atrocities.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)

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