Sarah Morris / MM Paris - Los Angeles, 2005, 4 color silkscreened paper, 120 x 176 cm

Artist Focus: M/M Paris

Since they established M/M (Paris) as a graphic design studio in 1992, Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak have with their close associations with the music, fashion and art worlds become one of the most distinctive and acclaimed graphic designers of their generation. In connection with their current exhibition up at the Williamson Gallery at Art Center in Pasadena (a part of Ceci n’est pas…) and in connection with the publication of their recent retrospective monograph, many of their collaborators have said a few things on what makes this firm special.

M/M are among the most inventive and defining graphic designers of their generation. […] I am excited to see how they will continue to change the rules of the game in the future, again and again.
Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator

There is authorship and a strong political stance behind their work with signs, and that is what I’m interested in.
Pierre Huyghe, artist

One of the reasons we work so well together is that we don’t sit down with bullet points and put down a master plan. It’s like the total opposite.
Björk, musician

They treat art as another channel, as part of the chain of signs. For me, that is what is most radical about their work.
Nicolas Bourriaud, curator

Their world is like a labyrinth, and there’s always a new path. You don’t know where you’re going, but it takes you to another world.
Nicolas Ghesquière, fashion designer

It’s an artistic way to work, and I’ve always felt that there’s no reason not to do things to an artist’s standard.
Glenn O’Brien, editor and writer

What I really appreciate about Mathias and Michaël is that they flicker between very mainstream forms and very marginal forms in a way that questions these categories in the first place.
Sarah Morris, artist

We begin to play a game where art extends to design, where pictures fade into words, where an object cannot be differentiated from its exhibition.
Philippe Parreno, artist