• John Stezaker, Bubble IV, 1994, collage, 11 1/4 x 11 1/4".

    John Stezaker, Bubble IV, 1994, collage, 11 1/4 x 11 1/4".

    John Stezaker

    GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst
    Teerhof 21
    August 30–November 9, 2008

    Curated by Janneke de Vries

    Not long ago, John Stezaker was better known as a teacher (the inspirational “Stez” of London’s Royal College of Art) than he was for the frequently marvelous neo-Surrealist photocollages he has been evolving since the 1970s—mysterious inverted landscapes, deft physiognomic hodgepodges, silhouettes with miniature worlds inside them. Happily, a recent string of profile-raising gallery shows has made the British artist’s implausible prestidigitations with film stills, postcards, and children’s books fashionable once more. Featuring sixty-eight works from 1976 to the present, Stezaker’s first European retrospective since 1979 will highlight disintegration and absence in twelve collage series arranged around a brand-new one, titled “Fumetti” (a reference to Italian horror comics). Expect works whose modest scale belies their bountifully transformative effect. The catalogue features essays by the curator and critic Barry Schwabsky in addition to an interview with the artist.