Cyprien Gaillard

Bugada & Cargnel

Perhaps you remember those T-shirts printed to look like the kind sold at rock concerts but peddled by street vendors at the exits of the Armory Show or the Venice Biennale? They were printed with the names DAMIEN HIRST, VANESSA BEECROFT, AND MAURIZIO CATTELAN—the new pop stars of art. If so, then you already know something about Cyprien Gaillard, the artist who (with Payam Sharifi) made the shirts and documented them in the book World Tour 2002–2003 Archive.

You may have also seen Gaillard’s beautiful videos of romantic landscapes suddenly inundated by a thick, white smoke. Gaillard and accomplices, hiding in the forest or behind fir trees, created the fog by emptying as many as fifty fire extinguishers all at once. Shown in 2005 in Paris just as the riots in the city’s suburbs were taking place, the series “Real Remnants of Fictive Wars 2003–2004” seemed to present a “poetics of uprising,”

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