Pierre Denan lives in Paris
Writer, artist, publisher
creative director
M19 editions founder

Pierre Denan est artiste, écrivain. On peut voir son travail à la Galerie de Multiples et sur www.pierredenan.com. Auteur du « récit prompteur » Pourquoi Tom Cruise – dont il a donné des lectures au Centre Pompidou et au Palais de Tokyo –, ses livres sont publiés aux Presses du réel, dans la collection L’Espace littéraire – Fictions. En 1998, il a fondé les éditions M19 (1998-2014). Il a conçu et publié des revues de critique d’art, des magazines et livres d’artistes (MAP, 20/27, AH AH AH, 2870 grams of art, collection I.S. Inventaire Supplémentaire). Il vit et travaille à Paris.

Pierre Denan is the author of Pourquoi Tom Cruise, a news ticker tale published by les Presses du réel as part of their Literature Collection—Fiction, book 1, 2010; book 2, 2015, as well as Libre, 2002-2005, Paradis, 2015, Voilà, A Collection, Notes for the Book to Come, 2016, and L’Avenir du Gaz Sarin, 2017.

His artwork is exhibited at Galerie de Multiples, Paris, on the Internet and in artists’s publications. His books on art include Poulet Poulet, R. Thomas, JE, More and Dragon Eye. He has also contributed to Grams of art and AH AH AH. His paintings represent the bulk of his visual diary, and are partly gathered in Pierre Denan Diary, a selection of works, published by Presses du réel in 2014. Their formal vocabulary has been borrowed from Steven Parrino—though they have dropped the American artist’s dramatic, death-like dimension, as well as his elements of mannerism and folkloric post-punk and biker spirit.

In 2000 he creates M19, a press devoted to contemporary art. Since then, he acts as both editor and artistic director for art books and journals such as: MAP (a pamphlet poster distributed in galleries at the beginning of the 2000s, 1200 copies), AH AH AH creative journal, 20/27 critical art review, 2870 Grams of art creative journal, and I.S. Inventaire Supplémentaire, a collection of artists’ books.

Selected works


2002-2005 Libre, 4 texts, M19
2003 Libre in revue Bordel n° 3, Flammarion, Paris
2010 Pourquoi Tom Cruise, book 1, Les presses du Réel, Dijon
2010-today Pierre Denan websites and social networks
2015 Pourquoi Tom Cruise, book 2, Les presses du Réel, Dijon
2015 Paradis in Le Cafard Hérétique
2016 Pourquoi Tom Cruise, reading, book 2, extract, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2016 Voilà, Une collection, work in progress, forthcoming
2016 Pourquoi Tom Cruise, reading, books 1 & 2, extracts, Centre Pompidou, Paris
2020 Pourquoi Tom Cruise, book 3


1998 Personnes en quête d’un divertissement, short-film (actor, director)
2002 Poulet Poulet, artist book, M19
2002 R. Thomas, artist book, M19
2003 JE, artist book, M19
2005 Dragon Eye, artist book, M19
2005 Come Again, exhibition, performances at Galerie du Forum and Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
2007 2860 Grams of art, artists’s magazine, M19 (artworks)
2008 2870 Grams of art, artists’s magazine, M19 (artworks)
2010-today Pierre Denan websites and social networks
2011 AH AH AH, artists’s magazine, M19 (artworks)
2011 “Pour le Mur”, exhibition, solo show, Galerie de Multiples, Paris
2014 Pierre Denan Diary, a selection of works, Les presses du réel, Dijon
2015 “Mauvais Genre” exhibition, group show, Addict Gallery, Paris
2017 “As You Look Back” exhibition, Culbuteurs event, Le Garage, Paris
2017 “Road is a road is a road…” exhibition, Galerie de Multiples, Paris
2017 Charlotte loves only hot rooms and hates when the air conditioning is on, artist book
2018 “Blind-Marché”, a group show curated by Samuel Boutruche for Le Consulat, Paris


1997 The birth of M19 editions (May 19), 1997-2014
2000-2004 MAP, contemporary art critic, M19
2002-2009 « I.S. Inventaire Supplémentaire » collection, artists’s books, M19
2007 2860 Grams of art, artists’s magazine, M19
2008 2870 Grams of art, artists’s magazine, M19
2007-2012 20/27, art critic, with Michel Gauthier and Arnauld Pierre, M19
2011 AH AH AH, artists’s magazine, M19



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