The rest of us, too, are given plenty to chew on, much of it gristly and pungent. Identical twins (born in 1939), the artists each have long, established careers, Jerome as a painter and Joel-Peter as a photographer. This is the first time their work has been shown together, and it raises the question of biography's relevance to art history.
Both artists gravitate toward the raw edges of human experience, conceiving scenarios that often entail physical or emotional duress. They both favor the theatrical tableau, a frontal format that they then disrupt spatially or temporally through montage. Storytellers both, they circle continually around the themes of death, sensuality and despair.
The pictures borrow heavily from the history of painting, including religious iconography, still-life and moralizing genre scenes, but achieve their own disturbing, radical beauty.