John Waters  (American, 1946) 

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John Waters (American, born April 22, 1946) is a filmmaker, visual artist, and writer. Born in Baltimore, MD, Waters began the rise to prominence and gained a cult following in the 1970s, with his audacious, so-called “trash films.” His 1972 film, Pink Flamingos, is notorious for its reliance on shock value and repulsive imagery. While Waters attended New York University for a brief period of time, his true inspirations in the realm of filmmaking included Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, the film The Wizard of Oz, and an appreciation for both high-brow, artistic films, and more disreputable, exploitation films.

As his filmmaking career progressed, Waters’ work took on a more mainstream sensibility. Some of Waters’ best-known films, which often include the same cast or recurring actors, include Hairspray (1988), Cry-Baby, (1990), and Serial Mom (1994). In the early 1990s, Waters began to create installation art, sculpture, and photo-based projects. The works are frequently humorous and campy, such as Rush (2009), a vastly oversized, upended bottle of a spilled sex drug, and La Mer (2009), an equally large tub of the infamously expensive brand-name facial moisturizer. These works appeared as part of the 2009 exhibition, Rear Projection, which was held simultaneously at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York and the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, CA. Waters’ work has been displayed at various venues, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, and the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO. Waters’ autobiography, Role Models, was published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2010.

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John Waters, Drunk

 

John Waters
Drunk
1998

Graphicstudio/U.S.F.
John Waters, Pet

 

John Waters
Pet
2009

Rena Bransten Gallery
John Waters, Wicked Glinda

 

John Waters
Wicked Glinda
2003

Greg Kucera Gallery
John Waters, Stalker

 

John Waters
Stalker
2009

C. Grimaldis Gallery
John Waters, Versailles

 

John Waters
Versailles
2009

C. Grimaldis Gallery
John Waters, Study Art Sign (For Prestige or Spite)

 

John Waters
Study Art Sign (For Prestige or Spite)
2007

C. Grimaldis Gallery
John Waters, Children Who Smoke

 

John Waters
Children Who Smoke
2009

Marianne Boesky Gallery
John Waters, 60th Birthday

 

John Waters
60th Birthday
2006

Rena Bransten Gallery
John Waters, Farrah

 

John Waters
Farrah
2000

Greg Kucera Gallery
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John Waters, 7 Marys

 

John Waters
7 Marys, 1995
chromogenic color prints

 

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John Waters, Bad Trip

 

John Waters
Bad Trip, 2006
chromogenic prints, mntd

 

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John Waters, Bad Trip

 

John Waters
Bad Trip, 2006
chromogenic prints, mntd

 

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1946   Born in Baltimore, MD
2010   San Francisco, Rena Bransten Gallery, May 28 – July 3, 2010 (solo)
2010   Baltimore, MD, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Versailles, January 20 – February 27, 2010 (solo)
2009   Provincetown, MA, Albert Merola Gallery, Neurotic, August 14 – September 15, 2009 (solo)
2009   Los Angeles, Gagosian Gallery, Rear Projection, April 11 – May 23, 2009 (solo)
2009   New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Rear Projection, April 3 – May 2, 2009 (solo)
2009   San Francisco, Rena Bransten Gallery, Decline and Fall, July 2 – August 8
2009   Pittsburgh, PA, The Andy Warhol Museum, Unnatural Rubber, October 17, 2009 – January 31
2009   Frankfurt, Germany, Schirn Kunsthalle, The Making of Art, May 28 – August 30
2009   Austin, TX, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Practice, Practice, Practice, May 2 – June 13, curated by Jay Sanders and Mike Smith
2009   New York, Swiss Institute, REGIFT, February 18 – April 4, curated by John Miller
2008   McMinnville College, Oregon, Linfield Gallery/Linfield College, .meta, curated by TJ Norris
2008   St. Louis, MO, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Artistically Incorrect: The Photographs and Sculpture of John Waters, October 11 2008 – January 11, 2009 (solo)
2007   Reckless Eyeballs, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2006   Eat Me, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA (solo)
2006   21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY (solo)
2006   Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)
2006   Unwatchable, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, and de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich (solo)
2005   Condemned, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)
2005   John Waters: Greatest Hits 1994-2004 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans (solo)
2004   John Waters, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (solo)
2004   Last Call, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle (solo)
2004   Change of Life, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, (traveled to Switzerland, Fotomuseum Winterthur; Pittsburgh, PA, The Warhol Museum; Newport Beach, CA, The Orange County Museum of Art) (solo)
2003   Flop, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2003   Hair in the Gate, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)
2003   Hair in the Gate, Portfolio Group-Salon Prive, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2003   Hair in the Gate, American Fine Arts, New York, NY (solo)
2003   Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Gavin Brown Enterprises, New York, NY
2002   Art Downtown: New Photography, 25 Broad Street, New York, NY
2002   Something, Anything, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Nayland Blake
2002   Sans Consentement, CAN-Centre d'Art Neuchatel, Switzerland
2002   Enough about Me, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
2002   Hair Stories, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
2002   Screen Memories, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Tokyo, Japan
2002   Straight to Video, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2001   Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain
2001   American Fine Arts, Co. at PHAG
2001   Boomerang, Exit Art, New York, NY
2001   Skank, Plus Ultra, Brooklyn, NY
2000   John Waters, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA (solo)
2000   Georg Kargl Gallery, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2000   Straight to Video, American Fine Arts, Co., New York, NY (solo)
2000   Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)