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ENFANT TERRIBLE GILLES BARBIER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Since the early 1990s, Gilles Barbier has shrewdly cast himself as the enfant terrible of France’s contemporary art scene. Mixing mordant humor with provocation, he constructs elaborate fictions of the modern world that expose the many fallacies underlying scientific and philosophical thought. His intricate drawings and sculptures, which are often kitschy, show Barbier to be well versed in discourse surrounding the relations between verbal language and visual representation.

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