Castelbajac combines the images of famous art historical works with recognizable graphics from our contemporary culture. The historical images are not prints but actually the oil copies of paintings that you can purchase from China (here is an example). By devaluing the artwork by reproducing it so easily, Castelbajac adds further degradation by adding commercial imagery. Here is a snippet from the artist statement:
The tyranny in question is that of an insatiable need to please, of youth's domination, of a quest for immortality and of the denial of time past.The exhibition sounds like a delight, I only wish I could finagle an impromptu trip to Paris. Many thanks to Fabultastic for keeping me up to date on the exhibit.
Castelbajac adds trait, logo, sign or brand obliteration to classic master paintings. As if creams, capsules or other artifices could open up a path to eternal youth and stamp their radiant faces with indelible copyrights.
Further images of the exhibit from TrendLand