How the Midwest Made Artists Out of Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw
Largest: 24 by 18 in. 60.9 by 45.7 cm.
Smallest: 7 by 5 in. 17.8 by 12.7 cm.
Executed in 2002.
Grenoble, Magasin Center of Contemporary Art; Kunsthaus Glarus, O, 2002
Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Biennale of Sydney, May - July 2002, pp. 189-192
New York, Metro Pictures, O-ist Thrift Store Paintings, September - October 2002
New York, Metro Pictures, Group Exhibition: Olaf Breuning, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman, January - February 2006
Greenwich, Connecticut, The Brant Foundation, Remembering Henry's Show, May 2009 - January 2010
Beverly Hills, United Talent Agency, Heatwave, March - April 2017
Metro Pictures, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
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.
American, b. 1952, Midland, Michigan, based in Los Angeles, California