Présence Panchounette

Galerie de Paris / Galerie de Tugny Lamarre

After twenty-plus years of thumbing its collective nose at French art and society, Presence Panchounette, the Bordeaux-based group of artist-provocateurs made up of one former-boxer-turned-pedicurist (Frédéric Roux), one former-auto-racer-turned-secondhand-furniture-dealer (Michael Ferrière), and one still-working journalist at Radio Montecarlo (Jean-Yves Gros), has come up with the ultimate insult: the decision to disband. In a word, they say, the contemporary scene is boring, and even if the rest of their generation has been comfortably co-opted, they have no desire to join the institutional avant-garde.

In fact, PP has always claimed that when they got together, as 20-year-old students in the throes of May ’68, they might just as well have formed a rock band, since their main goal was to escape their working-class condition via fame, fortune, and female adulation. Since they had no

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