Jim Shaw: The End Is Here
This essential volume—published on the occasion of the artist’s first major American survey exhibition at the New Museum in New York—provides a comprehensive overview of Jim Shaw’s multifaceted career over the past thirty years.
In his drawings, paintings, and sculptures, Shaw has mined the fringes of popular culture and delved into his own subconscious in order to create a constantly evolving portrait of America. Along with fellow Michigan native Mike Kelley, he moved to California in the 1970s to attend CalArts and became one of a group of young artists who redefined art in Los Angeles in the 1980s. His work is distinguished by rigorous formal and structural analyses of neglected forms of vernacular culture, informed by his large collections of objects representative of consumer desires, religious fervor, and a constantly evolving counterculture.
The publication features close to two hundred artworks and includes a foreword by Lisa Phillips; texts by John C. Welchman, Marc-Olivier Wahler, Dan Nadel, Gary Carrion-Murayari, Janet Sarbanes, and Natalie Bell; a conversation between Shaw and Massimiliano Gioni; a conversation between Shaw and Tony Oursler; a drawing by Peter Saul and Shaw; and an exhibition history.