John Waters on Colin de Land

The Armory Show 2013
Mar 4, 2013 2:57PM

To honor the ten year anniversary of Colin de Land’s death, we look to John Waters, our 2008 Armory artist commission and a longtime friend of our beloved de Land.

Well known for his provocative filmmaking, writing, and ventures into Broadway musicals (“Hairspray” and “Cry-Baby”), Waters added still photography to his idiosyncratic canon in the early 1990s. The artist, originally a client and then a friend of de Land, joined the American Fine Arts roster in 1995 after he showed the gallerist the “little movies” he had snapped off his TV monitor and rearranged in storyboard-like sequences. These appropriated movie stills subvert the original films’ narratives and humorously send-up the heartbreak, frustration and humiliation of the industry. “I don’t think I could have done it without him,” Waters has said of de Land.

The Armory Show 2013
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