Institute - Contemporary Art is pleased to invite you to a
lecture by Jim Shaw.
on exhibit at the SI, "The
Goodman Image File and Study" shows the work of a painter,
Adam O. Goodman, as imagined by Shaw. An adherent of the mysterious
religion O-ism, Goodman is portrayed as failed modernist painter,
who is forced to work as an illustrator despite O-ism's prohibition
on figurative art. Jim Shaw will explain the history of O-ism
and the details of the fictional life of Adam O. Goodman.
The talk will also reveal Shaw's other related projects about
O-ism such as the O-ist Thrift Store Paintings currently on
view at Metropictures and his exhibition this past summer
in Paris's Praz Delavallade Gallery, which focused on O-ism's
strange initiation ceremony. An exhibition that begs many
questions, The Goodman Image File and Study will be elucidated
and enhanced by Jim Shaw's Lecture. We hope you will join
known for painting and sculpting the stuff from his dreams,
now dreams up a fictional early modernist painter who devoutly
follows a puritanical pseudo-religion of abstract purity while
obsessively hoarding kitsch images." - Kim Levin, Fall Arts
Preview, Village Voice, September 4, 2002.
the metaphysical associations of Color Field painting with
"low" commercial naturalism, then filtering the result through
a goofy Midwestern construction of modern spirituality, Shaw
engineers a bizarre compendium of compromised attempts at
purity." - Michael Wilson, Artforum.com, September 26, 2002
whole project is, as usual with Mr. Shaw, a sly, sardonic
take on the mythologies of American art and high-low taste,
raised to a clever pitch by his obsessive, black-humored,
distinctly absurd sensibility." -Michael Kimmelman, New
York Times, October 4, 2002.