John Stezaker  Silkscreens

Text by Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith
Ridinghouse 2010 in association with Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne; Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York and The Approach, London
£32  |  $49.95

28.6 × 23.1 cm  |  11 1/4 × 9 1/8 in
144 pp, 85 colour ill
ISBN: 978 1 905464 34 0

Although best known for his small-scale intimate collages of film stills, postcards and other found imagery, John Stezaker's silkscreens reveal another side of the artist.

A comprehensive group of these mid- to large-scale silkscreens (1977–94) are brought together here for the first time. They include manipulated imagery of kissing couples, disembodied men and woman, floating baby-heads as well as film stills.

While, at first, this body of work seems to stand in contrast to the collages, the silkscreens employ many of the same techniques – cutting out, cropping, slicing and over-laying – that are seen throughout Stezaker's practice. Over 80 images are accompanied by an essay Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, the first text to discuss the artist's silkscreens as a whole body of work.

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