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Jim Shaw

09.25.09 - 10.18.09
Exhibition — les Abattoirs, Musée – Frac Occitanie Toulouse

Labyrinth: I dreamed I was taller than Jonathan Borofsky, 2009 © Jim Shaw, courtoisie Galerie Praz-Delavallade

Production Printemps de Septembre—à Toulouse, Phot o Damien Aspe
 

Labyrinth: I dreamed I was taller than Jonathan Borofsky, 2009 © Jim Shaw, courtoisie Galerie Praz-Delavallade

Production Printemps de Septembre—à Toulouse
 

Born in 1952 in Midland.

Lives in Los Angeles.

 

The large installation Labyrinth: I dreamed I was taller than Jonathan Borofsky was created especially for the Printemps de  Septembre and pays homage to the American artist, Jonathan Borofsky. It responds to both Picasso’s famous stage curtain of The Minotaur’s body dressed as Harlequin, a major work in the Abattoir museum’s collection, and another stage curtain by the equally mythical Salvador Dalí, presented here for the first time in France.

 

Nowadays a leading figure in the California art scene, with his combination of hallucinatory fantasy and love of trash, Jim Shaw comes across as a great analyst of the American pop culture and its neuroses. Drawings of dreams, dream objects, secondhand pictures collected a-gogo, zombies, and O-ist religious cult, all form a melting-pot of eclectic references which Jim Shaw refersd to the distorted face of America.

 

Production Printemps de Septembre—à Toulouse