His dark star series turns publicity portraits into cutout silhouettes, creating an ambiguous presence in the place of the absent celebrity. Incorporating an original collage by john stezaker, this artists book builds upon the celebrated artists tabula rasa series. John grenville stezaker born 1949, is a british conceptual artist. John stezaker is a selfconfessed vandal and thief, but he has a huge retrospective at the whitechapel gallery. British artist john stezaker composes his works from photographic stills and portraits from the golden age of cinema. Jan 27, 2012 john stezaker is organized by whitechapel gallery, london, in collaboration with mudam, luxembourg, and the mildred lane kemper art museum. Stezaker s longterm fascination with the image is translated into alterations.
Artwork page for mask xiv, john stezaker, 2006 on display at tate modern. John stezaker born 1949 in worcesterengland, lives in london studied at chelsea school of art london and at slade school of art, london. Stezaker is famous for his distinctive, often deceptively simple, collages. Aug 05, 2019 3rd person archive series 1976present. Nov 14, 2017 british artist john stezaker is known for his distinctive, often deceptively simple, collages. John stezaker kemper art museum washington university.
Oclcs webjunction has pulled together information and resources to assist library staff as they consider how to handle coronavirus. John stezaker introduction to photography, john stezaker. In the early 1970s, he was among the first wave of british conceptual artists to react against what was then the predominance of pop art. John stezaker is a contemporary british conceptual artist best known for his collages of found images taken from postcards, film stills, and commercial photographs. The british collagist introduces new meanings to already existing images by appropriating readymade material, such as postcards, vintage film stills, or old photographs, and conjoining them into new, unique images that bear surreal qualities. Caoimhin mac giolla leith is the author of lutz bacher 4. Oct 26, 2015 unfortunately i couldnt find a website of john stezaker s work, however i am including his profile from saatchi gallery. Employing vintage photographs, old hollywood film stills, travel postcards and other printed matter, stezaker creates seductive and fascinating smallformat collages that bear qualities of surrealism, dada, and found art. Notions of the interior and exterior and blindness are. Stezaker s longterm fascination with the image is translated into alterations, deletions, visual concordances and juxtapositions of disparate sources, intuitively creating new images and relationships. Ridinghouse is a british book publisher specialising in art. For campany 2012, the 3rd person archive is one of the purest examples of stezakers work. John stezaker forthcoming, in stock, and outofprint title information on museum exhibition catalogs, art monographs, and international books from the artbook d.
Poucher was originally published in 1949 and consists of 149 photographs taken by the author. Collages from his mask series will be shown, in which glamorous sitters faces are overlaid with scenic postcards featuring waterfalls. Conceptual and appropriation artist john stezaker is known for his surrealistinfluenced collages crafted from found images manipulated and juxtaposed into new concordances. Oct 26, 2015 unfortunately i couldnt find a website of john stezakers work, however i am including his profile from saatchi gallery. Brian dillon on john stezaker at the whitechapel gallery. Clean and handsome, these two are hopefully the first in a continuing series of books that will explore each of stezakers projects. The exhibition will open on january 27, 2012 and remain on view through april 23, 2012. John stezaker by john stezaker, approach gallery host institution and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Through his elegant juxtapositions, stezaker adopts the content and contexts of the original images. John stezaker the truth of masks the seen chicagos. Mar 18, 2011 british artist john stezaker is fascinated by the lure of images. For british photographer john stezaker, the truth happens on stage. Jan 28, 2011 john stezaker s collages using blackandwhite film photos and old postcards are nostalgic but also uncanny and absurd.
My work emerged out of childhood vandalism, john stezaker says about his beginnings. He has published several books on photography, cinema and art, and over a hundred essays. Dec 12, 2008 masks is a companion to marriage as each book uses the same design, trim size and length. Though the photographic image has become a ubiquitous part of everyday life, its exact status or nature can be hard to define. An overview of john stezakers film still collages, this book showcases the evolution of the artists relationship with a specific material. Reliable information about the coronavirus covid19 is available from the world health organization current situation, international travel. Nov 27, 2012 in the past few years, photo artist john stezaker has had something of an artworld zeitgeist momentwhich is both deserved and a bit belated, as the 63yearold artists career has spanned more than four decades. Mask xiii by john stezaker on curiator, the worlds biggest collaborative art collection. Book depository books with free delivery worldwide. As a careerspanning exhibition of his work opens at the whitechapel gallery. The postcard becomes a mask over the face, but rather than just concealing, it opens a window into another space.
Masks includes another thought provoking essay, this time by caoimhin mac giolla leith. By adjusting, inverting and slicing separate pictures together to create novel and unique art works, stezaker explores the subversive force of found image. Numerous and frequentlyupdated resource results are available from this search. Through his elegant juxtapositions, stezaker adopts the. John stezaker says he sometimes feels guilty about abusing found photographs but hes been at it for 40 years and now has a huge retrospective at the whitechapel gallery. Richard gray gallery is pleased to announce the truth of masks, an exhibition of new collages by john stezaker. This pair of images activates our innate tendency to interpret faces in patterns. Artwork page for mask xiii, john stezaker, 2006 on display at tate modern. Concentrating specifically on the portrait, john stezakers masks series reflects the artists ongoing interest with the hidden face.
They are familiar and nostalgic, but also unexpected and strange. Marriage and masks by john stezaker a recent discovery of mine and perhaps one of the best kept secrets of collage from the past 25 years is the artist john stezaker. John stezaker began his ongoing series of film still collages in 1979. Working from the collection, les rencontres arles photographie, arles, france crossing over, capitain petzel, berlin, germany blind, the approach, london, uk john stezaker. Taking classic movie stills, vintage postcards and book illustrations, stezaker makes collages to give old images a new meaning. John stezaker at the whitworth, manchester, 1 december 20171 june 2018, free entry visit now. Educators guide john stezaker january 27 april 23, 2012. Earlier collaborations between the approach and ridinghouse on stezakers work, such as marriage 2006 and masks 2008, focused tightly on one series, while love is a more comprehensive overview of the various formal strategies the artist has deployed in his longstanding exploration of desire. Kindle direct publishing indie digital publishing made easy. John stezaker s work reexamines the various relationships to the photographic image. John stezaker british artist john stezaker studied at the slade school of art in 1973, and went on to produce work which challenged the predominance of pop art.
John stezaker, the truth of masks, runs at richard gray gallery through december 12, 2015. Using vintage photographs, old film stills, postcards and book illustrations, john stezaker makes collages that subvert their original imagery, creating unique and compelling works of art. Stezakers longterm fascination with the image is translated into alterations, deletions, visual concordances and juxtapositions of disparate sources, intuitively creating new images and relationships. John stezaker is an artist working primarily with collage, often using found imagery such as postcards, film stills, advertising and illustrations from vintage books. Figures, taken initially from john hammertons illustrated encyclopaedia countries of the world 1920 and extending to picture postcards, are isolated and printed at their actual size, one to a page. He slices through them, leaving voids or adding other severed images to create eerie surrealist portraits or ruptured narratives. Indeed, in referring to the large compendium of images. Usually one of his pieces will consist of just two found photographs, or a film still and a postcard, and put like that it may not sound like anything at all. Ridinghouse in association with the approach, 2008.
While contained within the plane of the photograph, his sharp and precise compositions exact a world that exists just outside of the imageat once materially secular and transsubstantially sublime. Rubell collection, miami the question that inevitably returns with john stezakers collages is. Marriage, exhibition catalogue, the approach w1, london 2008. Spanning more than three decades, this richly illustrated monograph demonstrates john stezakers engagement with the ceaseless flow of images resulting from. Like a coen brothers film or flannery oconnor short story, they walk that compelling line between comedy and tragedy. John stezaker art monographs and museum exhibition catalogs. Oct 20, 2011 a conversation with the international artist john stezaker for the exhibition picture this, held at laurent delaye gallery london from 9 september to 8 october. Computer manipulating vintage movie stills, travel postcards and book illustrations he creates smallformat collages which show fascinating new personalities, landscapes and scenes. By adjusting, inverting and slicing separate pictures together to create unique new works of art, stezaker explores the subversive force of found images. In the past few years, photo artist john stezaker has had something of an artworld zeitgeist momentwhich is both deserved and a bit belated, as the 63yearold artists career has spanned more than four decades.
The national portrait gallery hosts a regular friday night activity, and this week it hosted a conversation between margaret iversen, professor of art history and theory at essex university, and john stezaker, artist and photographer. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study. John stezaker english artist john stezaker born 1949 reexamines various relationships to the photographic imageas documentation of truth, purveyor of memory and symbol of modern culture. Ridinghouse in association with the appr oach, 2010. John stezaker mask xiii 2006 had the joy of attending a lecture by john stezaker, hearing his process and some of the conceptual ideas that accompany his collage was amazing.
In your masks, where you superimpose postcards on portraits, places. Stezaker, john john stezaker artist page with links to monographs, museum exhibition. Ridinghouse in association with tel aviv museum of art, 20. John stezaker using found imagery from postcards, magazines and your own photographs to combine together to create surreal portraits. John stezakers work reexamines the various relationships to the photographic image. He studied painting at manchester school of art and completed his ma at. David campany is a writer, curator of exhibitions and an artist. In an interview with david campany, stezaker describes being motivated to create work through a fascination with images before giving insight into his method of working.
In his collages, stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines, and postcards. In his collages, stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines, and postcards and uses them as readymades. In his film portrait series beginning in the 1980s, slices of faces from movie star headshots are overlaid atop others to create disconcerting hybrids. Please wash your hands and practise social distancing. John stezakers surreal, handmade collagescomprised of film stills, publicity portraits, and postcards collected from thrift stores and bookshopsare masterful studies in contradiction.
Stezaker covers an old publicity portrait of a film star with a postcard. John stezaker is organized by whitechapel gallery, london, in collaboration with mudam, luxembourg, and the mildred lane kemper art museum. John stezakers collages using blackandwhite film photos and old postcards are nostalgic but also uncanny and absurd. John stezaker with his eye for oldfashioned collage and his mean hand with a scalpel stezaker gives new life to images from our past. Initially a leading figure of the british conceptual art group, his interests soon gave way to a longterm fascination with the image. What others are saying in his collages, stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines, and postcards and uses them as readymades. John grenville stezaker born 1948 is an english conceptual artist una storia john stezaker macro museum curator insights karen k butler on john stezaker o john stezaker mask xiii is part of a collage created by superimposing a postcard on a black and white photograph. Two books from ridinghousekarsten schubert feature his intriguing constructions, marriage 2007 and masks 2008. He has been making art since the 1970s, but achieved prominence relatively recently.
John stezaker exhibition catalogs, books, bibliography, biography. Stezaker attended the slade school of art in london in his early teens, he graduated with a higher diploma in fine art in 1973. A recent discovery of mine and perhaps one of the best kept secrets of collage from the past 25 years is the artist john stezaker. In his collages, stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines and postcards, and uses them as readymades. John stezaker has one foot in conceptualism and the other in surrealism, but his work is also a reaction to both. Check out our resources for adapting to these times. Stezaker has an exhibition at the national portrait gallery which includes collage from found photography and a film called marriage. John stezaker, a famous british artist, is fascinated by classic movie stills, vintage postcards and book illustrations. Stezakers most notable works involve the manipulation of archival film stock imagesparticularly blackandwhite actor headshots circa the 1940s.
Find an indepth biography, exhibitions, original artworks for sale, the latest news, and sold auction prices. Usually one of his pieces will consist of just two found photographs, or a film still and a postcard, and put like that. The book the ends of collage includes writings by elza adamowicz, louis aragon, jean hans arp, benjamin h. The truth of masks, richard gray gallery, chicago, usa. John stezakers uncanny couplings photography agenda. Concentrating specifically on the portrait, john stezaker s masks series reflects the artists ongoing interest with the hidden face.
Home services handpicked professionals happiness guarantee. A graduate of the slade school and having taught at the royal college, london, for many years, stezaker is highly respected as an academic, curator and writer. Through his elegant juxtapositions, stezaker adopts the content and contexts of the. It features several themed series of collages, including masks. British artist john stezaker is known for his distinctive, often deceptively simple, collages. This is the artists second exhibition with the gallery and presents the most comprehensive u. Masks is a companion to marriage as each book uses the same design, trim size and length. The resulting works are seductive and stirring, raising questions about human identity, psychology, sex and gender. Dark star, a series of collages british artist john stezaker is fascinated by the lure of images. The book was a soft back, and the photos were identically formatted, so, when you flipped the pages, it was. What others are saying in his collages, stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines, and. In 2011, he had a retrospective at the whitechapel gallery, london, and, in 2012, he won the deutsche borse photography foundation prize, even though he does not take photographs. Stezaker s famous mask series fuses the profiles of glamorous sitters with caves, hamlets, or waterfalls, making for images of eerie beauty. British artist john stezaker is fascinated by the lure of images.401 1489 669 1352 652 1207 639 276 264 1482 1085 266 913 1040 1114 824 242 442 1011 1237 1262 670 519 489 972 170 868 218 692 393