La Fabrique des Idoles

@ Pierre et Gilles

978-2365112512

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Presentation by Editions Xavier Barral:

" In the spirit of both an artist and a prayer book, La Fabrique des idoles questions the role of portrait in the representation of celebrities and particularly the development of the myth of the popular icon. Renowned for their photographs of celebrities (Juliette Armanet, Etienne Daho, Arielle Dombasle, Kylie Minogue, Stromae, Sylvie Vartan, etc.) and their presence in the nightlife of the 1980's, Pierre et Gilles link up photography and musical icons

Through the book, we discover the creative process of the idol, and how music and nightlife have infleunced the public's view on celebrities. Previously unseen photographs of their studio complete the over 80 portraits, enabling us to better understand the inspirations and universe of Pierre et Gilles. "

The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition « La Fabrique des idoles » held at Cité de la Musique - Philharmonie de Paris during the winter 2020. Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris is  the co-publisher of the book, which also received support from Galerie Templon, Paris which represents the artists.

368 pages - Hardcover

Editions Xavier Barral, 2019

Format : 13.5 x 19 cm

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Pierre et Gilles

Pierre et Gilles is the artist name of the couple of French artists and photographers Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard. They are mostly famous for their elaborate portraits in life-size sophisticated and colorful sceneries and backgrounds. They build these sets themselves in their own artist studio. An additional painting work finishes the art pieces once the original print has been printed, usually on large-format canvasses. This implies that the works of art are initially « unique » pieces. Their work is very much inspired by pop culture and gay culture, as well as religion. The portraits are those of their friends and relations, celebrities or not. They have worked mostly in the music world - French music mainly, but not only - and the artists portrayed include Sylvie Vartan, Etienne Daho, Madonna, Stromae, Lio, etc. They also worked in the fashion world (Jean-Paul Gaultier, Naomi Campbell, Paloma Picasso) and the film industry (Charlotte Rampling, Rossy de Palma, Laetitia Casta, Isabelle Huppert), among others. Many retrospective publications have been published about their work since the eighties. More recently (2019), they published "La Fabrique des Idoles" with Editions Xavier Barral. © Raphaël Lugassy for French magazine Les Inrockuptibles
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