Jim Shaw (artist)
Jim Shaw (born 1952) is a contemporary American artist, born in Midland, MI. He received his B.F.A. from University of Michigan in 1974 and his M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 1978. Shaw lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and is married to another Los Angeles-based artist, Marnie Weber. His 1991 ink on canvas work Horror a Vacui #45 is in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art. Jim Shaw is represented by the Simon Lee Gallery in London.
In 2000, Jim Shaw staged a show at the ICA, London, of Thrift Store Paintings—paintings he had collected by (mostly anonymous) amateur artists in America. Some reactions to this show included Adrian Searle of the The Guardian stating "The paintings are awful, indefensible, crapulous…", "these people can't draw, can't paint; these people should never be left alone with a paintbrush", and "The Thrift Store Paintings are fascinating, alarming, troubled and funny. Scary too, just like America." For Sarah Kent of Time Out: "Critics professing to be gobsmacked by these efforts can never have seen an amateur art show or walked along the railings of the Bayswater road. They should get out more."
In 2004 he received his first exhibition O at Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland. So far, this proved to be his most important exhibition in the German speaking area.
In 2012-13, Jim Shaw exhibited his first UK retrospective at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England.
Septembre 2013 - December 2013, Jim Shaw exhibit his own pieces of art which inspired his work, The Hidden World is based in Paris, at the Chalet Society
As an art student in Ann Arbor, he helped form the protopunk group Destroy All Monsters along with Mike Kelley, Niagara and filmmaker Cary Loren in 1973. He left the band in 1976 and played with the original line up in reunion shows in 1995.
- "What the Critics Say – Jim Shaw at the ICA", newsletter 2, artrumour.com, October 23, 2000 Retrieved March 28, 2006.
- Searle, Adrian. (8 November 2012) "Artist Jim Shaw stuffs American pop culture through the Rinse Cycle". Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
- List of art shows at Metro Pictures Gallery website
- Selected works, biography and exhibitions at Praz-Delavallade Gallery website
- Jim Shaw at Simon Lee Gallery
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