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August 1, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Jim Shaw, Illustrator

Since the 1970s, Jim Shaw has created a vast body of work spanning diverse media and reference points. Shaw’s work mines the essentials of American cultural detritus, from comic books, pulp novels, and album covers, to vintage advertisements, movie posters, and noise rock. Originating from these sources, the work often features recurring characters, including himself, his friends, fictional superheroes, politicians, and film stars. Combining text and the painted figure with objects and drawings from his unconscious, Shaw’s works consistently illustrate purposely bad puns, while twisting politics, religion, and belief into one long dream sequence. Jim Shaw’s most recent solo exhibitions include Jim Shaw, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK; The End is Here, New Museum, New York, NY; and Entertaining Doubts, MASS MoCA, West Adams, MA. His work will be the focus of two upcoming solo exhibitions: Realisms, at The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia, and Rather Fear God, at Praz Delevallade & Vedovi, Brussels, Belgium.

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About the MFA Visiting Artist Summer Lecture Series

MECA&D’s Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art Program is pleased to announce the 2016 MFA Lecture Series, which brings a national and international roster of visiting artists, curators, and scholars to Portland, Maine. These Visiting Artists intersect with the MFA Summer Intensive Residency Program, deliver a public lecture, attend critiques, and conduct studio visits with graduate candidates.

All lectures in this series are hosted in Osher Hall and are open to the public at no charge. Seating is limited. Call 207.699.5010 for more information.

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Artwork Credit

Jim Shaw, Seven Deadly Sins, acrylic on muslin, Left: 96" x 48", Center: 96" x 96", Right: 96" x 48"; 96" x 194" overall, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo.


August 1, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Osher Hall, Maine College of Art & Design, 2nd Floor
522 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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