Jim Shaw in Conversation with Massimiliano Gioni
October 10 2015
Join artist Jim Shaw and Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director at the New Museum, for a discussion of Shaw’s practice and the exhibition “The End is Here.”
Over the past thirty years, Shaw has become one of the United States’ most influential and visionary artists, moving between painting, sculpture, and drawing, and building connections between his own psyche and America’s larger political, social, and spiritual histories. Shaw mines his imagery from the cultural refuse of the twentieth century, using comic books, record covers, conspiracy magazines, and obscure religious iconography to produce a portrait of the nation’s subconscious. Although a recognized icon of the Los Angeles art scene since the 1970s, Shaw has never had a comprehensive museum show in New York. This exhibition, which will encompass three floors of the New Museum, will reveal the breadth and inventiveness of his art. A comprehensive selection of his works will be presented alongside objects from his collections of vernacular art and religious didactic materials.
Jim Shaw was born in 1952 in Midland, Michigan, and lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received a BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1974 and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1978. Shaw has had major solo exhibitions at the Chalet Society, Paris (2014); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (2012); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2012); CAPC, musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France (2010); P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City (2007); and Casino-Luxembourg—Forum d’Art contemporain, Luxembourg (1999). His work has been featured in a number of important international group exhibitions, including “The Encyclopedic Palace: 55th International Art Exhibition,” Venice Biennale (2013); “Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A., 1990–1997,” Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (1997); “Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s,” LA MOCA (1992); and the 1991 and 2002 Whitney Biennials; among others.