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D'red Dwarf, B'lack Hole

D'red Dwarf, B'lack Hole

Jim Shaw (in 2010)

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The American artist Jim Shaw (1952) has been using old theatre backdrops as backgrounds for his paintings since 2004. Here he has added such things as a pyramid with the all-seeing Eye, an octopus and rampant banyan trees to the existing landscape on the canvas. They are symbols of Oism – the religion Shaw invented in its entirety, which has been an important foundation for his work since the 1990s. Shaw is interested in the way we continually move between parallel worlds: the everyday world, the world of advertisements and television, dreams or the reality of a religion. Surrealism and Pop Art provide inspiration for his visual idiom, as do images from advertisements and television.

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Title D'red Dwarf, B'lack Hole
Material and technique Acrylic on muslin, synthetic and polystyrene
Object type
Installation > Three-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 505 cm
Width 1482 cm
Artists Artist: Jim Shaw
Accession number 3744 a-g (MK)
Credits Purchased with the support of Rembrandt Association (thanks to its Titus Fonds) and FriendsLottery, 2013
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 2013
Creation date in 2010
Internal exhibitions Kunst van formaat. De collectie XL vanaf de jaren vijftig (2018)
Boijmans Ahoy, drive-thru museum (2020)
External exhibitions Artgenève 10th edition (2022)

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Jim Shaw

Midland 1952

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