John Waters is an American film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, born in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., in 1946, where he currently lives and works. Since the early 1990s, Waters has been making photo-based artwork and installations that have been internationally exhibited in galleries and museums.

John Waters
Baltimore, 1946

Current Exhibitions

01 Dec — 30 May
Occupying twenty galleries on the Collection’s second floor, this exhibition will highlight a thread of uncertainty, insecurity, stress, pessimism, and nervousness in recently acquired works across a broad spectrum of contemporary artistic practices. ...

Past Exhibitions

John Waters: How Much Can You Take?

Kunsthaus Zürich
14/08/2015 — 01/11/2015

Solo Shows


Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Museum of Art, BLACK BOX: KIDDIE FLAMINGOS, curated by Kristen Hileman


Los Angeles, CA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, PC North

Zurich, Kunsthaus Zurich, How much can you take?

London, Sprüth Magers, Beverly Hills John

New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Beverly Hills John


New York, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Film Retrospective, Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much can you Take?

Berlin, Sprüth Magers, Bad Director’s Chair


Houston, McClain Gallery, John Waters: Neurotic


New Orleans, LA, Arthur Roger Gallery, John Waters


San Francisco, Rena Bransten Gallery, John Waters: Rush

Baltimore, MD, C. Grimaldis Gallery, John Waters: Versailles


Provincetown, MA, Albert Merola Gallery, John Waters: Neurotic

Los Angeles, Gagosian Gallery, John Waters: Rear Projection

New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, John Waters: Rear Projection

Group Shows


St. Louis, MO, White Flag Projects, Ill Seen Ill Said, curated by Matt Strauss

Provincetown, MA, Albert Merola Gallery, Catastrophe, curated by John Waters

Milwaukee, WI, The SUBURBAN, Walker’s Point

San Francisco, CA, FraenkelLAB, Home Improvements, curated by John Waters

Milan, Italy, Fondazione Prada, L’image vole (The stolen image)

San Francisco, CA, Rena Bransten Projects, These American Lives

Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Museum of Art, New Arrivals: Maryland Artists


Los Angeles, CA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Art of Our Time

Los Angeles, CA, OHWOW, Queer Fantasy

West Palm Beach, FL, Norton Museum, The Triumph of Love: Beth Rudin DeWoody Collects

New Haven, Edgewood Gallery, Yale School of Art, Side Show

Zurich, Werkschau photo15, PRIVATE! A SMALL COLLECTION


San Francisco, Rena Bransten Projects, Reinging Cats and Dogs

Boca Raton, Boca Museum of Art, Pop Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation


Houston, Texas, McClain Gallery, More Than A Likeness

Manchester, NH, Sharon Arts Center of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, (con)TEXT, curated by Tim Donovan

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Baltimore Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1946 Lives in: Baltimore, Maryland, USA