Jim Shaw, Michigan born and Los Angeles based, has become one of the most influential American contemporary artists, renowned for his imaginative, inventive and especially diverse practice – that encompasses different media from painting to sculpture. The black and white body of work presented in the exhibition is rooted in the artists’ interest in the erotic content of historic painting and the related aspects of superhero comics.
This spring 2017, Massimo De Carlo brings three exhibitions to Milan to provide an overview of the contemporary painting realm. From the Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong’s depiction of the revenge of human beings against misery (exhibited at the gallery space at Palazzo Belgioioso), to the oneiric creations of Los Angeles based artist Jim Shaw and the worn out and eerie imagery of New York based Jamian Juliano-Villani (both exhibited at the gallery space in via Ventura), the three exhibitions at Massimo De Carlo gallery are a fragmentary yet vital reconnaissance of figuration today.
- Jim Shaw, Untitled, 2017. Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong