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Christophe Coppens Presents 50 Masks Made in America

With his highly theatrical approach to couture, Christophe Coppens presented his first couture accessories collection a decade ago, but his practice goes back for nearly a quarter of a century by now....
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Text by Ray Hu

With his highly theatrical approach to couture, Christophe Coppens presented his first couture accessories collection a decade ago, but his practice goes back for nearly a quarter of a century by now. Widely regarded as one of the most important milliners of his generation, the Belgian artist celebrated 20 years in the industry with an exhibition, auction, and book in 2011–12, and subsequently relocated to Los Angeles to focus on art. Now, three years later, Please Do Not Enter gallery is pleased to present Coppens’ first show in his new hometown: “50 Masks Made in America“.

The exhibition reflects his perspective on the current state of American culture from the perspective of a European expat. A theater director by training, Coppens has long taken an interdisciplinary approach to his practice, and in keeping with his craft, each of the masks is made by hand.

“50 Masks Made in America” will be on view at Please Do Not Enter until 16 July.

Christophe Coppens, "Trump Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Trump Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Wishbone Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Wishbone Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Wife Beater Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Wife Beater Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Wife Beater Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Wife Beater Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Gender Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Gender Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Gender Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Gender Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Cross Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Cross Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Mice in the Garden of Good and Evil" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Mice in the Garden of Good and Evil" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "The Mistress Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "The Mistress Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Dance of the Bones Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Dance of the Bones Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Bloody Hipster Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Bloody Hipster Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Refill Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Refill Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Refill Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
Christophe Coppens, "Refill Mask" (2016), photo courtesy Please Do Not Enter
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