by Jim Jarmusch
New York-based filmmaker and artist Jim Jarmusch released his first monograph, Some Collages, in September 2021. Renowned for his storied career in independent cinema, Jarmusch’s creative expressions span writing, producing, music, poetry and fine art. Published by Anthology Editions, this new release includes a foreword by Luc Sante and an essay by Randy Kennedy.
Over the years, Jarmusch has honed his collage practice, producing hundreds of works using newspaper clippings layered on cardstock. Newsprint imagery is cleverly and humorously manipulated, heads and faces are removed and replaced with juxtaposing or absurd imagery. Doppelgänger Andy Warhols are posed in a vast tunnel not unlike the depths of the Large Hadron Collider, Patty Hearst’s mugshots drift across Edwardian portraits, and a man’s identity is disguised with a coyote’s head: maybe he was a celebrity, politician, perp, or all three. In Some Collages, these small-scale (notecard-size) pieces not only pay homage to the documentation medium but are a reminder of how even mundane images can be reconfigured into work that is alternatively funny, scary and strange.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Randy Kennedy is an American writer and curator. Born in Texas, he moved to New York City in 1991 and worked for twenty-five years as a writer for The New York Times, for much of that time covering the art world. For The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine he has written about many of the most prominent artists of the last fifty years, including John Chamberlain, Claes Oldenburg, Isa Genzken and Kerry James Marshall. His first novel, Presidio, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2018. He is currently director of special projects for the international art gallery Hauser & Wirth. He lives in Brooklyn.
Luc Sante is a writer and artist. A longtime contributor to the New York Review of Books, Sante has also been the film critic for Interview and Wigwag, photography critic for The New Republic, book critic for New York, a translator, editor, and professor, among many other roles. The recipient of numerous awards (including Guggenheim and Cullman Fellowships, an American Scholar Award for Best Literary Criticism, and a Grammy for Best Album Notes), Sante’s most recent book is Maybe the People Would Be the Times, published in 2020.
(text adapted from the author’s press materials)
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