SIGNED BY PIERRE AND GILLES
COMMOY, Pierre and BLANCHARD, Gilles. Pierre et Gilles. (Tokyo: Yobisha [Mitsuru Okada], 1991). Slim folio, original stiff photographic wrappers, gold endpapers, original color-printed acetate dust jacket. $1500.
First edition of this collection of homoerotic images, with 108 full-page color photographs, signed on the acetate jacket by the photographers in gold ink with a drawing of a heart.
“Subject matter embraces a wide range of themes from homoeroticism and the male nude to glamour and fame, religion and myth. 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 [Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard]… [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). “An argument can be developed for their painted photographs as the contemporary record of an image-rich universe, brimming over with pleasure, beauty, and all the inherent drama of religious allegory” (Dan Cameron). Section headings in French and Japanese.
Interior fine. Slight crease to top of spine. About-fine condition.