Pierre et Gilles and kitsch

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Pierre Commoy (1950) and Gilles Blanchard  (1953), photographer and painter.

Obsessed with a dreamlike world, Pierre et Gilles ignore realism and artistic conventions and thus skilfully abolish some of the frontiers between high art and low art.

Their universe favours grace, sensuality and esotericism; it stages mysterious icons, glorified, eroticised, divinised to the point that they integrate popular imagery. Constantly revamping the art of portrait, the two men explore the limits of contemporary aesthetic.

Recurring characters fill their frames: sailors, princes, fishermen, saints – but the story of these figures is told with both tenderness and cruelty, in a fairytale fashion.

 

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