Pierre et Gilles on view
The New Museum of Contemporary Art
et Gilles :
Photo: The Idiot, 1977, Model: Iggy Pop
et Gilles : Medusa-Zuleika
NEW YORK, 27 September
2000 - The New Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Manhattan
has mounted the first museum survey in the U.S. of unique hand-painted
photographs by the French collaborative team Pierre et Gilles. On view
until 7 January 2001, the fifty-six pieces from over two decades
employ props, make-up, costumes and theatrical lighting to produce
idyllic scenes, which once photographed and printed, are then further
manipulated with layers of paint and glaze.
embraces a wide range of themes from sex, homoeroticism and the male
nude to glamour and fame, religion and myth. Greek gods, film and pop
music stars, French sailors, muscle men, Indian film stars and Roman
Catholic saints comprise the image vocabulary of Pierre and Gilles.
Celebrity subjects on view include portraits of Iggy Pop,
Yves Saint-Laurent and Catherine Deneuve from the 1970s. A more recent
and complex treatment of sex can be found in the series Les
Plaisirs de la Fôret (1995 - 1996).
well-known in the United States than the
British duo Gilbert and George, Pierre and Gilles have an
established reputation in Europe and have had an impact on fashion
photography, European visual arts, advertising, media, and European
gay culture. They have been partners in life for 25 years.
et Gilles will travel to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San
Francisco from 10 February to 6 May 2001.
et Gilles : Nina Hagen, 1993
Private Collection, Paris.
et Gilles: Dans Le Port du Havre, 1998
Private Collection, Neuilly, France.
courtesy of Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris
Museum of Contemporary Art
Manhattan, New York
2000 - 7 January 2001
Tel: (1) 212 219 12 22
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