Marc Jancou is pleased to present a first in a series of online exhibitions on the work of Jim Shaw which brings together six new pencil drawings.
The drawings form part of a special edition of twelve unique works made by the artist on the occasion of the publication of his latest monograph Paperback Covers published by Marc Jancou in collaboration with JRP Editions.
The works presented offer a snippet into Shaw’s prolific and multifaceted visual oeuvre and its unique exploration of American cultural identity.
One of the most singular voices in today’s contemporary art scene, Jim Shaw (b. 1952, Midland, MI) is known for his desire to probe the dark side of the American psyche. Since the end of the 1970s, his practice, which spans a wide range of media including painting, drawing, object-making, installation and music, has offered a reflexive mirror to our contemporary societies through extensive series, the mise-en-scene of alter egos, and a passionate interest in the stakes and iconography of popular culture.
A selection of drawings from the same series will be exhibited in the beginning of spring in Geneva by JRP|Editions.
THE PAPERBACK COVERS
Co-edited by Marc Jancou, and introduced by Lionel Bovier and Samuel Gross, Jim Shaw: Paperback Covers was conceived as an ambitious, thorough and comprehensive presentation of an entire series of works developed by Shaw between 1996-2013.
Drawing on the Anglo-American graphic design and illustrative tradition of cheap pulp books, and directly referencing their shape and physicality the Paperback Covers is one of Shaw's most arresting series of works mashing up various elements that populate his visual oeuvre, from diverse references to popular culture to uncanny dream sequences.
The monograph brings together all the inventoried works from this series and includes a new piece by London-based writer and art critic Charlie Fox titled “In Memory of Godzilla: Reading Material for Jim Shaw”.
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