By Christopher Harrity
Originally published on Advocate.com April 18 2014 2:05 PM ET
For their first exhibition at Galerie Daniel Templon, duo Pierre et Gilles are unveiling a series of previously unseen works on the theme of the hero.
The exhibition features a gallery of portraits, with subjects ranging from heroic figures of ancient mythology such as Achilles and Prometheus to superheroes of popular culture and fiction. We also encounter a number of contemporary heroes, such as a young rebel from the Arab Spring and a happy couple, sporting the artists’ features, celebrating a same-sex marriage.
Internationally renowned artists Pierre et Gilles have been producing works together since 1976, creating a world where painting and photography meet. Their art is peopled by their friends and family, anonymous and famous (including Zahia Dehar, Arielle Dombasle, Isabelle Huppert, and Marc Jacobs), who appear in sophisticated life-size sets the artists build in their studio. Working from this initial stage, they meticulously apply paint to the photograph once printed on canvas, whose original frame is designed as an extension of the work.
A catalog will be published to accompany the "Héros" exhibition. It will be available at the gallery and in bookshops. The exhibit will run through May 31.
Galerie Daniel Templon
30 rue Beaubourg (entrance in courtyard)
Johnny Guitar (model: Matthieu Charneau), 2012
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Oreste (model: Staiv Gentis), 2013
Octobre (model: Thomas Tabti), 2011
Le Printemps Arabe (model: Tahar Bouali), 2011
Achille (model: Staiv Gentis), 2011
Deuxième Sous-sol (model: Ahmed Zerari), 2012
Narcisse (model: Matthieu Charneau), 2012
Le Mariage Pour Tous (models: Pierre et Gilles), 2013