Gary Shaw

(1962 ) - Artworks
GARY SHAW Avant Garde And Kitsch
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 Gary Shaw - Avant Garde And Kitsch

Gary Shaw - Avant Garde And Kitsch

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Signed and dated 2004 on the reverse, signed, titled and dated 2004 on the stretcher Belfast, The Golden Thread Gallery, Manifest, May 2004. The title of the present work Avant - Garde and Kitsch references Clement Greenberg's seminal 1939 essay, originally published in the Partisan Review and which has subsequently become a key text in the understanding of the modernist movement of the early 20 th Century. In the present work, Shaw translates the opening paragraphs of Greenberg's article into the universal visual language of maritime signal flags; 'the imagery of these flags intrigue me for a number of reasons; I like the different associations to different forms of painting such as early abstract art and Pop Art. The designs also have relationships with flags and emblems of countries, company logos and even sports teams of which we are all familiar with' (Shaw, 2007). Born in Australia, Shaw studied at both the University of South Australia and the University of Ulster, Belfast where he now lives and works. He has exhibited extensively internationally in institutions such as Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth; The Irish Arts Centre, New York; The Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai and the Galerie d'Art Contemporain, Chauny, France.
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