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Jim Shaw

Dream Object ("I was in my gallery in Japan...Next I went into an organic shaped room with flattened columns on the bud shaped walls. The paintings were of Native American Indians gambling painted in such a way that upon entering you saw regular South Seas "tribal" graphics but when you turned back out you saw a figurative scene projected and painted from the P.O.V. of one exiting, the wall designs sort of animated as you walked out."), 1999

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Jim Shaw
American, b. 1952
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Famous as a collector of American junk, including a trove of thrift store paintings once sought by art collector Charles Saatchi, Jim Shaw draws on his vast stores of pop cultural artifacts in his work. The My Mirage (1986–91) project comprises nearly 170 drawings, silkscreens, photographs, sculptures, films, and paintings based on a Shaw stand-in called Billy, who grows from childhood to psychosis to born-again Christianity. Billy exists amid a 1960s and ’70s visual overload of pulp novels, comic books, records, and psychedelic posters. The artist’s Oism project, initiated in the late 1990s, explores his fictional religion through media including video installations (recalling both Busby Berkeley musicals and 1980s aerobics videos) and found paintings in the “Oist style.” Shaw’s richly layered practice takes liberally from both art history (Art Brut, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst) and America’s vernacular of coffeemakers and zombie films.

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Jim Shaw
American, b. 1952
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Famous as a collector of American junk, including a trove of thrift store paintings once sought by art collector Charles Saatchi, Jim Shaw draws on his vast stores of pop cultural artifacts in his work. The My Mirage (1986–91) project comprises nearly 170 drawings, silkscreens, photographs, sculptures, films, and paintings based on a Shaw stand-in called Billy, who grows from childhood to psychosis to born-again Christianity. Billy exists amid a 1960s and ’70s visual overload of pulp novels, comic books, records, and psychedelic posters. The artist’s Oism project, initiated in the late 1990s, explores his fictional religion through media including video installations (recalling both Busby Berkeley musicals and 1980s aerobics videos) and found paintings in the “Oist style.” Shaw’s richly layered practice takes liberally from both art history (Art Brut, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst) and America’s vernacular of coffeemakers and zombie films.

Jim Shaw

Dream Object ("I was in my gallery in Japan...Next I went into an organic shaped room with flattened columns on the bud shaped walls. The paintings were of Native American Indians gambling painted in such a way that upon entering you saw regular South Seas "tribal" graphics but when you turned back out you saw a figurative scene projected and painted from the P.O.V. of one exiting, the wall designs sort of animated as you walked out."), 1999

Acrylic on cardboard half-tubes
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North Adams
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