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Marianne Boesky Gallery

Beverly Hills John

  • John Waters

Press for Beverly Hills John

"Why John Waters Loves the Wicked Witch of the West"
"Because celebrity is the only obscenity left in the art world..."

Current Exhibitions at Marianne Boesky Gallery


Recent Work

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: May. 31, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Homesick

  • Andisheh Avini,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 06, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Staging Silence (3)

  • Hans Op de Beeck,
  • Opens: Feb. 23, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 06, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pure, Very, New

  • Paul Stephen Benjamin,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Holding Environment

  • John Houck,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Crescendo

  • Svenja Deininger,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

sometimes we circle the sun

  • Dashiell Manley,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Embedment

  • Anthony Pearson,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The White Wolf

  • Sue de Beer,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Girl

  • Hans Op de Beeck,
  • Opens: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

More Than Words

  • Julia Dault,
  • Opens: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 26, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frontier Ballads

  • Barnaby Furnas,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Chapter

  • Claudia Wieser,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Personal Effects in BLACK

  • Serge Alain Nitegeka,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The People’s Cries

  • Jessica Jackson Hutchins,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arches

  • Dean Levin,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Falcon’s Fortress

  • Diana Al-Hadid,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Another Look At Detroit: Parts 1 & 2, Curated by Todd Levin

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frank Stella Sculptures

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Something Beautiful, Curated by Nicolas Wagner & Khary Simon of CRUSHfanzine

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Material Image, Curated by Debra Singer

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Denuded Lens

  • Roxy Paine,
  • Opens: Sep. 04, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

IMAGE AND MATTER IN JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE 1970S, CURATED BY YUMIKO CHIBA

  • Group show,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hannah Van Bart

  • Hannah Van Bart,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception: May. 03, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Uncanny Valley

  • Adam Helms,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 05, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Crunchy

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jan. 15, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mimetic Pleasures

  • Melissa Gordon,
  • Opens: Oct. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 09, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

a different sort of gravity

  • Matthias Bitzer,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

whatever, a vibrant holiday

  • Dashiell Manley,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Murmurs

  • Dorothea Tanning,
  • Opens: May. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 27, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

First Morning

  • Barnaby Furnas,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 10, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Third Person

  • Jibade-Khalil Huffman,
  • Anthony Pearson,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 08, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Beverly Hills John

  • John Waters
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Plaster Positives and Etched Plasters

  • Anthony Pearson,
  • Opens: Nov. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 16, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Towns

  • Björn Braun,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Any Fallow Field

  • Donald Moffett,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 15, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Blue Lenses

  • Sue de Beer,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Maker's Mark

  • Julia Dault,
  • Opens: Feb. 20, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

There and After All

  • Robert Elfgen,
  • Opens: Mar. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 26, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

let's get dizzy

  • Yuichi Higashionna,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Drawing Room

  • Hans Op de Beeck,
  • Opens: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

No Vacancies

  • Miyoko Ito,
  • Phillip King,
  • Robert Morris,
  • Lisa Williamson,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 07, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ordering Nature

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Weird Science

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jul. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jacco Olivier

  • Jacco Olivier,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 14, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Long, Narrow Mark

  • Dean Levin,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 07, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Do Choose

  • Jessica Jackson Hutchins,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: May. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Talk With The Spirits

  • Thornton Dial,
  • Jay Heikes,
  • Lee Mullican,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Talk With The Spirits

  • Thornton Dial,
  • Jay Heikes,
  • Lee Mullican,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

We All Live Under the Same Old Flag

  • Thornton Dial,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Untitled / Head

  • Svenja Deininger,
  • Opens: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Closes: Nov. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Work

  • Andisheh Avini,
  • Opens: Sep. 24, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

OCT. PM.

  • Kon Trubkovich,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 27, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Floss

  • Pino Pascali,
  • Donald Moffett,
  • Opens: Jan. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 05, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Colour & Form in BLACK

  • Serge Alain Nitegeka,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

AND I SAY

  • Pier Paolo Calzolari,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Protectors

  • William J. O’Brien,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Smudge Waves Back

  • Hannah Van Bart,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The First Green

  • Thiago Rocha Pitta,
  • Opens: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 29, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Golden State - Curated by Drew Sawyer

  • John Divola,
  • Buck Ellison,
  • Christina Fernandez,
  • Anthony Hernandez,
  • Catherine Opie,
  • Larry Sultan,
  • Dorothea Lange,
  • Opens: Mar. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Keep Out

  • Jay Heikes,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frank Stella

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cells

  • Matthias Bitzer,
  • Jackie Brookner,
  • Alex Da Corte,
  • Jennie C. Jones,
  • Nancy Lupo,
  • Jorge Pardo,
  • Cosima von Bonin,
  • Jessica Jackson Hutchins,
  • The Haas Brothers,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Selah

  • Sanford Biggers,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Jan 09 - Feb 14, 2015


Where

Marianne Boesky Gallery

  • 509 W 24th St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.680.9889

About

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present Beverly Hills John, an exhibition of new work by John Waters. This is the artist’s third solo show at the gallery, and will be on view from January 9 to February 14, 2015, at 509 W. 24th Street, New York.

For 50 years, John Waters has provoked the idiosyncrasies and hilarities of the movie business – the childhood stars, the trade lingo, and the false depiction of the ugly and the heroic. His photographic work (since 1995) has taken on politically charged topics of “cinematic correctness,” religious lunacy, and media manipulation. A recurring theme of Waters’ oeuvre is the appropriation of images from other directors’ films then rendered into storyboards that change the meaning of the first celluloid frames. Within these “little movies,” as Waters calls them, the artist redirects and highlights the damaged narrative that the public often overlooks.

More personal and self-critical, this new body of work seeks resolution to a set of questions about Waters’ own experiences, or as he describes them: his childhood fame issues, his fear of false glamour and nouveau-riche comfort, his ongoing sexual attractions, and the possible horror and risk of a “careericide” with dignity. In Self Portrait #5, Waters portrays himself as a despised dogcatcher, nostalgically yearning for the days he was hated by the “moral” guardians. In Beverly Hills John, he imagines himself with a plastic surgery makeover, lip and cheek augmentation, Botox, and an alarming hair transplant. Hysterically poking fun at his own vulnerability in these images, Waters also sincerely asks whether his reinvention invites self-parody. Regarding these depictions, he writes, “Since I haven’t made a film in ten years, must I give my entire life’s work a facelift? Now that celebrity is the only obscenity left in the art world, where do I fit in?”

In the main gallery, Waters draws from his notoriety as a film director to present a new 74-minute video entitled Kiddie Flamingos. The video shows a table read of Waters’ X-rated 1972 cult film Pink Flamingos, rewritten as a children’s movie with an all-kid cast. Waters hopes that this defanged and desexualized sequel is even more perverse than the original, transferring innocence into a new kind of joyous, G-rated obscenity.

Other works in the exhibition speak to Waters’ concerns about the contemporary art world more directly, the jargon of success, and the debatable definition of a ‘classic.’ In Congratulations, Waters riffs on the infamous red dot once commonly used in galleries to indicate a sale. In Library Science 1-10, Waters juxtaposes literature with related pornography, and in Cancel Ansel, he challenges the role of art to wreck the past. All of these statements at their core are a call to viewers to overthrow hierarchy and interrogate the very value systems in which we all participate. This is the pillar of Waters’ craft, and the severity of his comedy.


Press
"Why John Waters Loves the Wicked Witch of the West"
"Because celebrity is the only obscenity left in the art world..."

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