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20130312122704-imposter_iv-072 John Stezaker: Blind   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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John Stezaker at The Approach February 15th, 2013 - March 17th, 2013
Posted 3/12/13

Associating John Stezaker's work with the movies feels like an obvious fit; his aesthetic, in general, is one of another era of high cinematic splendor – a silver-screen photofit populace, cut-up from Hayworth's hair, and Cary Grant's jawline. The famously-symmetrical are typically used for slashed-up perversions of every golden rule about beauty; all myth about ideal proportion. Even the landscape postcards – the canyons, the rivulets and the mountains – which Stezaker uses are somehow anachron... [more]

20120923132306-dsc_0053 The Alchemy of Iconography   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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William Crump, Elena Damiani, Phillip Estlund, Ruth Proctor, John Stezaker, William Turner at FOLD Gallery | London September 8th, 2012 - October 6th, 2012
Posted 9/23/12

Collage is a mechanism for quietly splitting apart the world and putting it back together again. As a disturbance of the existing order of things, it is at core a political act; yet in today's era of cultural fragmentation, its minor disruptions lack the shock value or biting satire characteristic of the medium in its Modernist heyday. Collage is now a defining condition of our sensory realm, and although we can still at times be taken unawares by its violent undercurrents, they no longer have the... [more]

20110118070523-742acfa5df683b54_stezaker-1 Film Cuts   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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John Stezaker at Whitechapel Gallery January 29th, 2011 - March 18th, 2011
Posted 2/27/11

A major survey of John Stezaker (b.1949 Worcester), is introduced by the sponsors Louis Vuitton with six works specially selected by the artist for the 'Maison Librairie' at its flagship store in New Bond Street. Entitled 'Unspeakable Faces' the small scale pieces are drawn from a continuing series of film portrait collages made in 2010. Each makes a diagonal conjunction of 1950s promotional stills of forgotten performers. Male and female headshots are spliced together to form curious... [more]

Tabula_rasa_i-072 The Man Who Would Be King   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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John Stezaker at The Approach January 29th, 2010 - March 7th, 2010
Posted 2/28/10

Sometimes repetition isn’t just repetition, it is the most emphatic form of insistence and John Stezaker has something very important to insist upon. His show at The Approach is the latest offering in a set of works which span over a quarter of a century. This body of collage works, which seem to have their roots in his “Masks” series, are superbly simple collages of postcards and found images which have an authority and quietness all of their own. One occasionally comes across ar... [more]

Still-film-collage Juxtaposed   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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John Stezaker at Richard Gray Gallery - Chicago September 11th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 9/27/09

        Since the 1970’s, John Stezaker has been at the forefront of Conceptual and New Image Art and a leading figure in the contemporary renaissance of collage. His formula of practice consists of a few salvaged images, re-arranging them and re-constructing them to reveal a striking juxtaposition. The latest exhibition on view at Richard Gray Gallery features new collage work from the British artist. Simply titled “John Stezaker” the show will run through October 24th and marks the artist’... [more]

Lawler_still_life The Big Questions   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Francis Alÿs, Robert Barry, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, James Lee Byars, John Cage, Maurizio Cattelan, Paul Chan, Lygia Clark, Tony Conrad, Tacita Dean, Jason Dodge, Trisha Donnelly, Marcel Duchamp, Harold Edgerton, The Institute For Figuring, Ceal Floyer, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roger Hiorns, Douglas Huebler, Pierre Huyghe, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Stephen Kaltenbach, On Kawara, Christine Kozlov, David Lamelas, Louise Lawler, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Mark Manders, Kris Martin, Steve McQueen, Helen Mirra, Catherine Murphy, Bruce Nauman, Rivane Neuenschwander, Claes Oldenburg, Roman Ondák, Giuseppe Penone, Susan Philipsz, Anthony Phillips, Adrian Piper, Steven Pippin, Charles Ray, Tobias Rehberger, Hannah Rickards, Arthur Russell, Michael Sailstorfer, Roman Signer, Simon Starling, John Stezaker, Mladen Stilinović, Sturtevant, Shomei Tomatsu at Walker Art Center April 24th, 2009 - September 27th, 2009
Posted 8/7/09

The theme of the Walker Art Center’s exhibition “The Quick and the Dead” got personal, quickly, when I observed that an On Kawara date painting near the entry was the same date as an uncle’s birthday. Made by Kawara to mark the passage of time, the ongoing series implies its own end in the artist’s death, just as birthdays imply to many of us that there are only so many left. This exhibition announces its’ intentions to examine The Big Questions of Life at the outset in the title, but... [more]

Inthepines Pining away   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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James Aldridge, Anna Bjerger, Anthony Campuzano, Graham Dolphin, Carl Fredrik Hill, Eri Itoi, Wes Lang, Ashley Macomber, John Stezaker, Johan Thurfjell, CHARLIE WOOLLEY at David Risley Gallery April 17th, 2009 - May 17th, 2009
Posted 5/16/09

        ‘In the Pines' takes its title from a folk song which has retained its mystery and mythology despite being interpreted thousands of times by an astounding array of musicians over at least the last 150 years. Bringing together artists we represent, artists we have collaborated with previously and artists new to the gallery alongside historical and anonymous work the exhibition presents a self-portrait of the gallery. It is a statement of intent in our new context, presenting the interests a... [more]

Stezakerweb Mysteries and Crime Scenes   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Wilfrid Almendra, Michael Anastissiades, Etienne Chambaud, Keren Cytter, Philippe Decrauzat, Morgan Fisher, Jean-Pascal Flavien, Élise Florenty, Mark Geffriaud, Francesco Gennari, Dunn and Raby, Jimmy Robert, Bojan Sarcevic, John Stezaker, Ricardo Valentim, Christoph Weber at Frac Île-de-France, le Plateau December 11th, 2008 - February 22nd, 2009
Posted 1/5/09

The exhibition Notorious at FRAC - le Plateau presents the acquisitions the institution has made over the last two years, but you wouldn't know it just by looking around.  It has the feel of an immaculately curated group show, harmoniously grouped together under the title.  A couple works stand out as not quite fitting the theme, but for the most part I was swept into the gallery by the allure of mystery and concealed identity, espionage and subterfuge, as promised by the Hitchcockian title.  Ker... [more]

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