Monday, October 5, 2015

Jim Shaw's prodigious and unusual body of work comes to New Museum

By Randy Kennedy
Jim Shaw at the New Museum, where his retrospective opens on Wednesday. Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
The artist Jim Shaw, whose retrospective opens on Wednesday at the New Museum in Manhattan, works in a modest converted house here on the outskirts of Los Angeles amid such a jumble of paintings and drawings it seems as if you could extract at least another three retrospectives out of it. As the critic Christopher Knight has written, Mr. Shaw “debunks the modernist myth of art as keeper of an ultimate, essential truth,” while being “sincerely obsessed with the perfectly human search for spiritual peace.”[link]

“For a lot of the things that I buy on eBay, I’m the only bidder.” Mr. Shaw, with part of his collection at the New Museum. Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times