Pierre Molinier: Fetish Performance Photographs, Collages, Photomontages

September 7 — October 22, 1996

Ubu Gallery presented an exhibition of manipulated and un-retouched photographs, as well as the photomontages, by Pierre Molinier, an influential French gender performance artist. Although he had begun photographing himself seriously as early as 1950, Molinier created an obsessive photographic documentation of his private “male lesbian” fantasies in the mid-1960s. These images were “recycled” in the late 1960s as source material in the elaborate and sensual photomontages, which he created during countless, painstaking hours in the darkroom. There he manipulated parts of photographs in order to produce new seamless “unreal” realities, which reflected his fetish obsession with legs, stockings and hermaphroditism. Through these photomontages, Molinier was able to invent new desires and realize previously unfulfilled ecstasies. Working simultaneously and in collaboration with this exhibition, Wooster Gardens held an exhibition of Pierre Molinier’s collages.

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Pierre Molinier

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PRESS
The New York Times / Photography Review / September 8, 1996 / Roberta Smith
Art in America / “Private Spectacle” / November 1996 / Therese Lichtenstein / 4 reproductions
The Wall Street Journal / “The Artist Exposed” / November 22, 1996 / Tessa DeCarlo
ArtNews / March 1997 / Jeffrey Kastner / 1 reproduction
Photo Metro / “Letter from: New York, No. 80” / Vol. 16, issue 146 / A.D. Coleman
Time Out New York / “The Exhibitionists” / September 4 – 11, 1996 / Howard Halle / 1 reproduction
The Art Newspaper / “Do you see what I see?” / September 1996 / R.C. / 1 reproduction
The Village Voice / Photo Short List / September 10, 1996 / Vince Aletti / 1 reproduction
Paper Magazine / Gallery Go ‘Round / Victoria Pedersen
The New York Observer / “Polymorphous Perversity” / September 30, 1996 / A.D. Coleman
Time Out New York / Art / September 11 – 18, 1996 / Anne Doran / 1 reproduction
haberarts.com / “Mad Love” / September 8, 1996 / John Haber / 1 reproduction
Die Welt / “Die Fröhliche Anarchie des Alphabets” / October 31, 1996 / Gerhard Charles Rump
Art & Auction / “Tools of the Trade” / December 1997 / Jennie D’Amato