Pretty Things: Pierre et Gilles


Many of you out there may know of Pierre et Gilles, the French art duo who are also lovers. For those of you who don’t, pay attention so that you can whip out your new knowledge and impress your next trick with more than just your grade-A fellatio.

Exploring issues of religion, sexuality, and beauty, Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard have been working together since first meeting in Paris in 1976. Pierre snaps the often provocative shots, while Gilles paints over them to create gloriously stylized multimedia images that have been captivating audiences for decades.

Drawing inspiration from a bevy of cultural movements and icons, the boys have gotten some flack for dealing in the low brow art, while others praise their manipulations as a new line of artistic (and social) thinking. Can popular culture become art? That’s for you to decide.

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