John Waters, ‘Neurotic’, 2009, Sprüth Magers

'Bad Director's Chair', Sprüth Magers Berlin, February 7 - March 8, 2014
'John Waters: Rush', Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, May 27 - July 10, 2010
'John Waters: Neurotic', Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, August 14 - September 15, 2009
'John Waters: Rear Projection', Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, April 11 - May 23, 2009
'John Waters: Rear Projection', Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, April 3 - May 2, 2009

About John Waters

Best known for directing the cult film classics Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Female Trouble, and Hairspray, John Waters explores the same provocative themes of race, sex, gender, consumerism, and religion in photography, montage, and, more recently, sculpture. Featuring retro imagery from the 1950s, Waters’ work is rife with humor and puns. For instance, in Ham (2009), Waters photographs a large glazed ham hanging on the wall of a movie star or casting agent. Catholic Sin (2009) is an illustration from his own childhood catechism book that equated the purity of the soul with fresh milk. Two oversized sculptures—Rush (2009), a gigantic “popper” bottle and its spilled contents, and La Mer (2009), a jar of face cream—poke fun at our cultish obsession with beauty products and drugs.

American, b. 1946, based in Baltimore, Maryland

Solo Shows

New York,
John Waters: Beverly Hills John

Fair History on Artsy

Art+Culture Projects at The Photography Show 2017, presented by AIPAD