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Hardback144 PagesSize: 280 × 240 mm
100 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781848223288Publication: September 09, 2019
Series: Contemporary Painters Series

'This monograph is a splendid rabbit-hole into one of the great dissident Wonderlands ever to erupt from 20th-century middle-American discontent. Jim Shaw's phantasmagoria is full of a conspiratorial acuity and verve that grow more prescient with each new political nightmare.' – Jonathan Lethem

'After 40 years of following the spectacular deluge of creativity that is Jim Shaw, I have come to believe that he has accumulated a precise and accurate depiction of the very dark and beautiful heart of America. Between the covers of this illuminating book [...] lies the proof.' – Tony Oursler

Jim Shaw

David Pagel


£39.95 GBP

  • The first book to analyse all of Jim Shaw’s major bodies of work (My Mirage, Dream Drawings, Dream Objects, Oist pieces, Left Behind pieces and recent political works) in relation to one another
  • Evaluates the themes and ideas that have animated Shaw’s consistently engaging and wildly open-ended oeuvre
  • Emphasises the importance of humour and self-effacing humility for Shaw, an artist driven by the conviction that artists are nothing special

Blending the reflected cultural climate of his adopted home, Los Angeles, with the multi-layered world of American popular culture, Jim Shaw (b.1952) creates rich, dream-like worlds within distinct bodies of work. Addressing, for the first time, how the artist's oeuvre inter-relates, this substantial monograph argues that the artist's seemingly disparate series actually function together to present a lucid and insightful portrait of America today.

Emerging out of the long West-Coast shadows of California Assemblage by way of LA Pop and Conceptualism, Shaw’s narrative-driven art marries art history and contemporary existence, as well as literature and comic books, ancient myths and modern movies, science and its variations in popular psychology — not only blurring the boundaries between art and life, but cultivating that confusion to consider the relationship between fact and fiction that seems to define so much of the world we inhabit today.

Giving contemporary viewers an effective way to think about art, this publication is an invaluable resource for those interested in painting today and its interaction with modern life. 

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