An iconic personality on the Californian art scene, and even more so on the international scene, JIM SHAW explores the ins and outs of a certain conformist and standardised American society. Since the 70s, he has been striving to produce works whose aesthetic language is one of a kind, one that finds inspiration in American vernacular culture, where everyday elements rub shoulders with mainstream, kitsch and vulgar ones, whilst simultaneously and without prejudice combining the latter with religious and academic elements. JIM SHAW draws his authority from beyond any of art history’s established categories.
This creative effervescence forms part of an ensemble with multiple significations, which use narrative devices to invite the spectator be a part of both a personal and collective story.
PRAZ-DELAVALLADE was one of the very first European galleries to show Jim Shaw’s work in a 1995 group exhibition that also featured work by Paul Mc Carthy, Mike Kelley, Raymond Pettibon and Benjamin Weissman.
In 1997, we put on his first French solo show: I Thought of Works for the Paris Show.
That was 20 years ago. Since then, Jim Shaw has become a leading artist whose work has been shown by major museums such as: LACMA, Los Angeles; Renaissance Society, Chicago; CCAC Institute, San Francisco; Kunsthaus, Glarus; Whitney Museum, New York; MOCA, Los Angeles; Drawing Center, New York; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island (New York); MASS MoCA, North Adams; Kunsthalle, Vienna; Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen, Rotterdam; Magasin, Grenoble; CAPC, Bordeaux; Baltic Center for Contemporary ART, Gateshead; MAMCO, Geneva; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; ICA : Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; New Museum New York; Ermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg; Broad Art Museum, East Lansing; Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles.