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Publisher Note english

Dedicated to different types of portraits realized by the American artist between the end of the 1970s and today, this publication is presented as a luxurious, large-format album, with a dust jacket-cum-poster. The format, layout, and mode of printing underlines the graphic talent of the artist, while the gathering of the works juxtaposes the famous "Distorted Faces" series with the hyperreal portraits, symbolic depictions—such as that of Ronald Reagan whose face is literally haunted by figures from the American culture of violence (Charles Manson, Rambo, etc.)—and Hollywood subjects. We thus rediscover the stylistic and anthropological range of the approach of Jim Shaw, that formidable reader of his country’s popular culture, from which he extracts perverse scenarios with a disquieting realism.

Accompanied by a text by Alison Gingeras, this limited edition publication, which echoes the narrative logic of the artist, is based on fragmentation and improbable mixtures of culture: serious and popular, personal and collective, real and fictional.

Artist Monograph

Jim Shaw

Distorted Faces & Portraits, 1978—2007

edited by Lionel Bovier, Marc Blondeau, Philippe Davet

Release Place Switzerland
Release Date 2007
ISBN 978-3-905701-13-5
Writer: Alison Gingeras
Artist: Jim Shaw
Language English
Format softcover
Dimensions 40.0 × 30.0 cm
Pages 96

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