Selected works by John Stezaker

John Stezaker
Marriage I

2006

Collage

23.5 x 28.5 cm

John Stezaker’s work re-examines the various relationships to the photographic image: as documentation of truth, purveyor of memory, and symbol of modern culture. In his collages, Stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines, and postcards and uses them as ‘readymades’. Through his elegant juxtapositions, Stezaker adopts the content and contexts of the original images to convey his own witty and poignant meanings.

In his Marriage series, Stezaker focuses on the concept of portraiture, both as art historical genre and public identity. Using publicity shots of classic film stars, Stezaker splices and overlaps famous faces, creating hybrid ‘icons’ that dissociate the familiar to create sensations of the uncanny. Coupling male and female identity into unified characters, Stezaker points to a disjointed harmony, where the irreconciliation of difference both complements and detracts from the whole. In his correlated images, personalities (and our idealisations of them) become ancillary and empty, rendered abject through their magnified flaws and struggle for visual dominance.

In using stylistic images from Hollywood’s golden era, Stezaker both temporally and conceptually engages with his interest in Surrealism. Placed in contemporary context, his portraits retain their aura of glamour, whilst simultaneously operating as exotic ‘artefacts’ of an obsolete culture. Similar to the photos of ‘primitivism’ published in George Bataille’s Documents, Stezaker’s portraits celebrate the grotesque, rendering the romance with modernism equally compelling and perverse.

John Stezaker
Fold X

2009

Collage

29.5 x 37 cm
John Stezaker
Marriage L

2007

Collage

26 x 20.32 cm
John Stezaker
She (Film Portrait Collage) III

2008

Collage

26.1 x 27.5 cm
John Stezaker
Visitation

2006

Collage

44 x 61 cm
John Stezaker
She (Film Portrait Collage) V

2007

Collage

27.2 x 22.5 cm
John Stezaker
Marriage IV

2006

Collage

29.5 x 24 cm
John Stezaker
Marriage VIII

2006

Collage

29 x 24 cm
John Stezaker
Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) XXXI

2007

Collage

28.6 x 23 cm
John Stezaker
Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) XXVIII

2007

Collage

29.6 x 23.8 cm
John Stezaker
Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) XXVII

2007

Collage

26.5 x 19.6 cm
John Stezaker
Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) XLV

2007

collage

25.5 x 20.5 cm
John Stezaker
Blind I

2006

Collage

23.2 x 18.7 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask I

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask II

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask III

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask IV

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask V

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask VI

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask VII

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Old Mask VIII

2006

Collage

24.5 x 19.5 cm
John Stezaker
Mask XXIX

2006

Collage

23.5 x 19 cm
John Stezaker
He (Film Portrait Collage) II

2008

Collage

25 x 19.3 cm
John Stezaker
He (Film Portrait Collage) III

2008

Collage

26.6 x 20.4 cm
John Stezaker
Shadow IV

2006

Collage

55 x 40 x 5 cm
John Stezaker
Shadow VI

2006

Collage

24.2 x 18.4 cm
John Stezaker
Sense II

2006

Collage

20.6 x 25.4 cm
John Stezaker
Untitled XXVI

2007

Collage

29.5 x 18.6 cm
John Stezaker
Untitled XXII

2007

Collage

25.4 x 20 cm
John Stezaker
Mask C

2008

Collage

26 x 20.4 cm
John Stezaker
Mask CII

2011

Collage

22.8 x 19 cm

Text by William A Ewing


John Stezaker's Biography

John Stezaker
Born 1949, in Worcester, UK
Lives and works in London, UK



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2017
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK (forthcoming)
Paul Nash and the Uncanny Landscape: An Exhibition Curated by John Stezaker, York Art Gallery, York, UK (forthcoming)
Lost World, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand (forthcoming)
John Stezaker: Horse, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

2016
John Stezaker, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, UK
John Stezaker and Marcel Broodthaers, Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium

2015
The Truth of Masks, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, USA [cat]
Touch, The Approach at Independent RĂ©gence, Brussels, Belgium
Film Works, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea, UK
Collages, The Netherlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The Projectionist, The Approach, London, UK

2014
John Stezaker: New Silkscreens, Petzel Gallery, New York, USA
John Stezaker: Collages, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2013
John Stezaker, Centre de la Photographie GenĂšve, Geneva, Switzerland
Crossing Over, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Germany
John Stezaker: Working from the Collection, Les Rencontres Arles Photographie, Arles, France
John Stezaker: One on One, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel [cat]
Blind, The Approach, London, UK
Nude and Landscape, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA

2012
John Stezaker, Galerie Gisela Captain, Cologne, Germany
Marriage, curated by Annemarie Sawkins, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA

2011
The Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK then touring to MUDAM, Luxembourg, and Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, USA Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA
The Nude and Landscape, curated by Sid Sachs, University of The Arts, Philadelphia, USA

2010
John Stezaker: Silkscreens, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Germany
Lost Images, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany
Tabula Rasa, The Approach, London, UK

2009
Richard Grey Gallery, Chicago, USA
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany
Friedrich Petzel, New York, USA

2008
Masks & Shadows, A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, DĂŒsseldorf, Germany
Fumetti, GAK- Gesellschaft fĂŒr Aktuelle Kunst Bremen, Germany

2007
Two part show: Marriages, Karsten Schubert, London, Masks, The Approach,
London, UK
The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Project Room, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France

2006
The Approach, London
New Works, Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, DĂŒsseldorf
Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles
Bridges and other Metaphors, Norwich Gallery, Norwich
The White Room, White Columns, New York

2005
Archiv & ErzÀhlung [Archives and Narration]: John Stezaker and T.J. Wilcox, Kunstverein Muenchen, Munich

2004
The Third Person Archive and Other Works, The Approach, London

2001
The Holy Land Series, Wigmore Fine Art, London

1999
Angels, Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh

1996
Garden, Cubitt Gallery, London

1991
Care & Control, Salama-Caro Gallery, London

1990
Film Still Collages. Friedman-Guinness Gallery, Frankfurt

1989
New Work, Salama-Caro Gallery, London
Glenn Dash Gallery, Los Angeles

1984
Lisson Gallery, London

1979
Galerie Éric Fabre, Paris
John Stezaker: Werke 1973-1978 [Works 1973-1978], Kuntsmueum Luzern, Kunstmuseum, Lucerne
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
John Stezaker: The World Made Flesh, The New ‘57 Gallery, Edinburgh

1978
Fragments. Photographer’s Gallery, London
Collages, 1977-1978, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Southampton City Museum, Southampton

1977
Dream Allegories. John Stezaker Collages 1976-1977. Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
Galerie Éric Fabre, Paris
Schema Gallery, Florence
Spectro Arts, Newcastle

1976
Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
John Stezaker: Trois Oeuvres [Three Works], Galerie Éric Fabre, Paris

1975
Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
Galerie Éric Fabre, Paris

1974
Galerie Decembre, Munster
Galleria Lia Rumma, Rome
Galleria Lia Rumma, Naples

1973
The Museum of Modern Art Oxford, Oxford

1972
John Stezaker: Beyond “Art for Art’s Sake:” a Propus Mundus, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London

1970
John Stezaker: Works, 1969-1971, Sigi Krauss Gallery, London


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2017
20 Years, The Approach, London
Power Masks. The Power of Masks, Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Now, Today, Tomorrow, and Always, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK
Artists and Postcards, Musee de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium
Blackout: Richard Hamilton, Carlo Mollino, John Stezaker, Ibid, Los Angeles, USA
Fully Awake, Blip Blip Blip Gallery, Leeds, UK
Cannibalism? On Appropriation in Art, Zachęta, Warsaw, Poland
The End of Collage, Luxembourg & Dayan, London & New York

2016 - 2017
Flesh, York Art Gallery, York, UK

2016
Revolt of the Sage, Blain|Southern, London, UK [cat.]
The Stolen Image, Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy
Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ldt: Running a Picture Gallery, Chelsea Space, London, UK
Turning to See: from Van Dyck to Lucian Freud, curated by John Stezaker, 28th May to 4th September 2016, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
Collage: Moving Beyond Paper, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign,
USA
On the immense and the numberless, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Terrain: Land Into Art, Hestercombe House & Gardens, Taunton, UK
Fractured, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, China

2015
An Unfixed Image: The Photographic Across Media, The College of New Jersey Art Gallery,Trenton, USA
Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact, Museum of the Moving Image, New York,USA
Body Building, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, USA
Image Search, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
RAY 15, Frankfurt, Germany
Individual Stories: Collecting as Portrait and Methodology, Kunsthalle Wien, Wien, Austria
Picasso in Contemporary Art, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
travelled as After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Trial / Error / Art, The Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK
Blow Up, C|O Berlin, Berlin, Germany
FOUND, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK
An Unfixed Image: The Photographic Across Media, The College of New Jersey Art Gallery, Trenton, USA
Kino der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Horse, Vold Gallery, Derry UK
Cannibalism? On Appropriation in Art, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

2014 - 2015
Institute of Sexology, Wellcome Collection, London, UK
MIRRORCITY: 23 London Artists, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

2014
As Exciting As We Can Make It: IKON in the 1980s, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Ruin Lust, Tate Britain, London, UK
19th Biennale of Sydney: You imagine what you desire, Sydney, Australia
The Age of Collage, Feinkunst KrĂŒger, Hamburg, Germany

all silent but for the buzzing
 , Curated by Curating Contemporary Art MA programme,
Royal College of Art Galleries, London, UK
The Mysterious Device was Moving Forward, Longhouse Projects, New York, USA
Jahrhundertzeichen: Tel Aviv Museum of Art visits Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin,
Germany
Veils, The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Karel’s Choice- Looking Back at Contemporary Art, Frans Hals Museum, De Hallen
Haarlem, Netherlands
Regeneration, The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK
Somos Libres II: Works from the Mario Testino Collection, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy
Blow Up, Albertina Vienna, Austria
Remix Selections from the International College Centre, Bates College Museum of Art,
Portland, USA

2013
The Age of Collage, gestalten space, Berlin, Germany
The Edge of Painting, curated by Tess Jaray, The Piper Gallery, London, UK
Works on Paper, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
Alison Goldfrapp: Performer as Curator, The Lowry, Salford Quays, UK
Orpheus Twice, curated by Vincent Honoré, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK
Crystal Maze IV- 1+ 2+ ÂŁ = 3, as part of Nouveau Festival, The Centre Pompidou, Paris,France
L’Image papillon, MusĂ©e d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Only parts of us will ever touch each other, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
Frank Egloff & John Stezaker: Visible Merge, Barbara Krakpw Gallery, Boston, USA
The Feverish Library (continued), Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Germany
The Space Between, curated by Michael Bracewell, Karsten Schubert, London, UK
Something about a Tree, curated by Linda Yablonsky, Flag Art Foundation, New York, USA
Marriage, Qbox Gallery, Athens, Greece
Short Film Program Still/Moving (screening of Horse and Blind), Art Basel, Switzerland and Galerie Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Germany
Kino und der kinematografische Blick, MEWO Kunsthalle Memmingen, Memmingen,
Germany

2012
D’aprùs Giorgio a cura di Luca lo Pinto, Fondazione Giorgio e Isa De Chirico, Rome, Italy
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012, The Cube (Deutsche Börse Headquarters),
Frankfurt/Eschborn; C/O, Berlin
Deutsche Borse Photography Prize, Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK
Flores; Abismo; Parataxis, curated by Carlos- Fernandez-Pello, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Out of Focus, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, USA
The Feverish Library, curated by Mariaccia Casadio, Apallazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy
Collages, curated by Timothée Chaillou, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

2011
Transmitter / Receiver: The persistance of collage, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK
Versicherungsschatz, curated by David Rimanelli, Kimmerich, New York, USA
Anti-Photography, curated by Duncan Wooldridge, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, UK
Make Up, curated by Mariuccia Casadio, Apalazzogallery, Brescia, Italy
The boy who robbed you a few minutes before arriving at the ball, curated
by Regina Fiorito and Kelley Walker, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany
Capitain, curated by Regina Fiorito and Kelly Walker, Cologne, Germany
The Draw Bridge, Q Forum, London, UK
A Painting Show, Autocenter Berlin, Germany

2010
FACES with: M.Anzeri, H.Bart, V.Carrubba, J.Kraijer, W.Mutu, J.Stezaker, Monica De Cardenas Galleria, Milan, Italy
HEAD, The Approach, London, UK
Photomonth in Krakow, Galeria Pauza, Poland
The Page, curated by John Stezaker and Matthew Higgs, Kimmerich, New York, USA
The Rustle of Language, Galleria Francesca Kaufmann, Milan, Italy
HYPERBOREAN MANNERS, Rob Tufnell at 1 Sutton Lane, London, UK

2009
Taj Mahal Travellers, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
The Quick and The Dead, Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis, USA
Source Codes, SprĂŒth Magers, Berlin, Germany
Le sang d’un poùte, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France
Propaganda, Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul
In The Pines, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen
William Horner & John Stezaker, The Russian Club Gallery, London, UK

2008
Not so Subtle Subtitle, curated by Matthew Brannon, Casey Kaplan, New York, USA
Collage: The Unmonumental Picture, New Museum, New York, USA
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
Past-Forward, 176, The Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
Cohabitation: 13 Artists and Collage, Francesca Kaufmann, Milan, Italy

2007
Panic Attack, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
Strange Events Permit Themselves the Luxury of Occurring: selected by artist Steven Claydon, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK

2006
Dereconstruction, (curated by Matthew Higgs) Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
Figures of the Player: The paradox of the actor, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon
A Season in Hell, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London
World Gone Mad: Surrealist Returns in Recent British Art, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury; traveling to Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Limehouse Arts Foundation, London
The Glass Bead Game, Vilma Gold Project Space, Berlin
Tate Triennial 2006 –New British Art, Tate Britain, London

2005
Time Lines, Kunstverein fĂŒr die Rheinlande und Westfalen, DĂŒsseldorf
Cut, The Approach, London
1979, Bloomberg Space, London
Girls on Film, Zwirner & Wirth, New York
Collage, Signs & Surfaces, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York
Mourning, Sies & Hoeke, DĂŒsseldorf,
RCA print folio, Royal College of Art, London

2004
Collage, Bloomberg Space, London
Je t’envisage, La disparition du portrait, Musee de L’Elysee, Lausanne
Cara a Cara, Culturgest, Lisbon
About Face: Photography and the Death of the Portrait, Hayward Gallery, London
Future Face, Science Museum, London
Portraits of Non-Humans, David Risley Gallery, London
Polaroid, 39 Gallery, London

2003
Ex-press, Royal College of Art, London
Please Take One, 39 Gallery, London

2002
Life is Beautiful, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

2000
The British Art Show 5, City Art Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland; traveling to Collective Gallery; Dean Gallery; Fruitmarket Gallery; Royal Botanic Gardens; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Stills; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; John Hansard Gallery; Millais Gallery, Southampton Institute; Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, England; Centre for Visual Arts; Chapter Arts Centre; Fotogallery; National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff, Wales; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England

1999
23rd Ljubljana International Biennial of Graphic Art, British Section, Mednarodni grafični likovni center, Ljubljana
River Deep, Mountain High, Gallery Westland Place, London; traveling to University of Dundee, Duncan and Jordanston Gallery, Dundee

1998
American and European Photo-art, Larem Kloker Gallery, Vienna
2nd Shoreditch Photography Biennial, London
Chemical Traces/ Photography and Conceptual Art, 1968-1998, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull City Council, Kingston upon Hull; traveling to Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds

1997
Pictura Brittanica: Art from Britain (British Council), Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; traveling to Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia; Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand Strange Days, Contemporary British Photography, Galleria Gian Ferrari, Milan
Sad, Gasworks, London
The Quick and The Dead, Royal College of Art, London
The Impossible Document: Photography and Conceptual Art in Britain 1966-1976, Cameraworks Gallery, London,; traveling to Cambridge Darkroom Gallery, Cambridge
Icons, Touring, Tokyo, Kyoto and Hong Kong
Life/Live: Young British Art, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; traveling to Centro Cultural de BelĂ©m, Lisbon
Various group shows, Bank London (1996, 1997, 1998)

1996
The Body, Touring Exhibition Canada

1995
Elvis + Marilyn 2 x Immortal, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts; The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio; The Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida; The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon; The Philbrook Academy, Tulsa, Oklahoma; The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio; The Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tennessee; The San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California; The Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii; Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art, Hokkaido, Japan; Daimaru Museum, Umeda-Osaka, Japan; Takamatsu City Museum, Takamatsu, Japan; Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan; Mitsukoshi Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan
The Curator’s Egg, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

1994
Who’s Looking at the Family, Barbican Art Gallery, London

1992
Flora Photographica, Serpentine Gallery, London

1990
Art Conceptuel, Formes Conceptuelles, Galerie 1900/2000, Paris

1989
John Stezaker, Glenn Dash Gallery, Los Angeles

1987
Altered States, Kent Fine Art, New York
Multiple vision: Ron Haselden, Colin McArthur, John Stezaker, Paul Wombel, Cambridge Darkroom Gallery, Cambridge

1984
1984: An Exhibition. Camden Arts Centre, London

1983
‘Geometry of Desire’, Galerie Venster, Rotterdam

1982
Simulacra, Riverside Studios, London
Aperto, XL Biennale di Venezia, Venice
Close to the Edge, White Columns, New York

1980
Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London

1979
Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London
Un certain art anglais
, ARC, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
JP2, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

1978
Art for Society, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1977
British Art, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels

1976
Art Inglese Oggi, Palazzo Reale, Milan
Times, Words and the Camera, Akademische Druck-U, Graz, Austria

1975
9th Biennale de Paris, Paris

1974
Project ‘74, Kunsthalle Köln, Cologne
Critic’s Choice, Tooth’s Gallery, London
Beyond Painting and Sculpture
: works bought for the Arts Council by Richard Cork. Arts Council touring Exhibition toured Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds; traveled to Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol.

1972
A Survey of the Avant-Garde in Britain, House Gallery, London
The New Art, Hayward Gallery, London

1971
The Wall Show, Lisson Gallery, London

1970
3 Schools Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

1969
Three Person Show, Central Collegiate Building, University College, London