John Waters: change of life

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Harry N. Abrams in association with the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 2004 - Art - 142 pages
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Once crowned The Pope of Trash by William Burroughs, and now hailed as the genius behind the smash-hit Broadway musical "Hairspray, John Waters (b. 1946) is not only a controversial director, but also a powerful, perceptive visual artist. This book, published on the occasion of his first major museum exhibition, surveys his still photographic works made over the past decade, and also features stills from his seldom-seen no-budget films and objects from Waters's personal collection that reflect his fascination with photographic imagery, the mass media, and outrageous expressions of American popular culture.
Waters's newer photographic work echoes themes that are central to all his work: race, sex, class, family, politics, celebrity, religion, the media, the allure of crime, glamour, and the skewering of cultural symbols and stereotypes. Waters's longevity as a cultural figure reflects his unique ability to tap into our most private attractions to the erotic, perverse, and sleazy, blatantly unleashing thoughts that polite society tries diligently to repress. As he moves from margin to mainstream, Waters's work in films, photography, and performance continues to resonate.

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Waters, cult director and trash-icon maven who crossed over into mainstream entertainment as the creator of the Broadway play Hairspray, produced this coffee-table art book to coincide with a recent ... Read full review

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Marvin Heiferman is an author and exhibition curator who is currently providing creative consultation to the Smithsonian Institution's Photographic Initiative. He is the author of numerous books including John Watersa (TM) Change of Life, Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution, and Talking Pictures: People Speak About the Photographs that Speak to Them. Heiferman is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Lisa Phillips was a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art for fourteen years, and is currently director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.

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