Tokyo: Yobisha, 1991. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps, gold endpapers, original color-printed acetate dust jacket.
Compilation of lush, high-camp painted photo-portraits of musicians, models and fashion icons of the 80s by French art duo Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard, signed by them on the jacket in gold marker with a drawing of a heart. Commoy (the photographer) and Blanchard (the painter) met in Paris in the 70s and quickly set up a romantic and creative partnership. Their work first appeared in Interview and Façade, with commissions for campaigns from the likes of Thierry Mugler and Absolut soon following. "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… [They] play irreverently with our perceptions of religion and pop culture, juxtaposing the secular and non-secular, the saint and the sinner, the divine and the depraved" (Matthijs Leijenaar). Subjects include Boy George, Eva Ionesco, Marc Almond, Arielle Dombasle, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nina Hagen, Paloma Picasso, Christian Louboutin, and the artists themselves. Section headings in French and Japanese. A visual index reproduces the photos in black-and-white thumbnails, with subjects and stylists listed. Interior fine, slight crease to top of spine; inscribed acetate dust jacket fine. Item #763