Pierre & Gilles Clair-obscur

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  • Edition: Bilingual
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-05-26
  • Publisher: Lannoo Publishers

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•This book offers a selection of 80 of Pierre & Gilles' hand-painted photographs from prestigious collections
•Winner of the Grand Prix de Photographie of the city of Paris in 1993, their fame has grown ever since, boasting huge popularity in Asia, France and the USA

Renowned for their sophisticated portraiture - a mixture of painting and photography - Pierre & Gilles magnify the ordinary and re-enchant the world by surrounding the every-day in meta-fictional pictorial environments informed by mythology, the Bible, and fairy tales. Yet their symbolic and surreal back-at-you work is resolutely set in the contemporary world with the influences of art, cinema and popular culture clearly present. This book comprises 80 works from the late 1970s to the present, drawn from international and private collections that accompanied a Spring 2017 exhibition at the Ixelles Museum in Brussels. For their numerous fans, this book is a must: there can never be too much of Pierre & Gilles.

Text in English and French.

Exposition from 3 Feb 2017 until 25 May 2017 at Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels; and from 27 May 2017 until 20 August 2017 at MUMA, Le Havre, France

Instagram Pierre et Gilles: @gilles_pierreetgilles

Author Biography

Sophie Duplaix is chief curator of contemporary collections at the National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and curator of the exhibition. Michel Poivert is professor of art history at the University Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, director of l École doctorale Histoire de l Art, critic and curator of exhibitions, and editor of the magazine Études photographiques. Marc Donnadieu is curator of contemporary art at the LaM_Lille Métropole Museum. He has been curator of numerous monographic exhibitions.

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