Jim Shaw, Anima V (Air), 1987, oil on canvas, 17 × 14".

New York

“Jim Shaw: The End Is Here”

New Museum
235 Bowery
October 7, 2015–January 10, 2016

Curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Gary Carrion-Murayari

Jim Shaw recently explained to me that “creativity sometimes comes out of moments of crisis”—and when that moment is the apocalypse, the imagination gets wilder and more intense. “The End Is Here,” Shaw’s first comprehensive New York museum show, will foreground the Los Angeles–based artist’s longtime fascination with American cultural mythologies, marginal political histories, secondhand curiosities, and good old-fashioned religious fanaticism. Installed across three museum floors and accompanied by a substantial catalogue, the exhibition will include early drawings from the late 1980s and early ’90s; sculptures from Shaw’s notable “Dream Objects” series, 1994–; theatrical environmental installations; selections from a vast collection of found thrift-store paintings; and a presentation of didactic ephemera from homespun religions (think proselytizing pamphlets invoking hellfire). While flaunting Shaw’s technical acuity, the selected works will also reveal the artist’s talents as a soothsayer, visionary, critic, and historian.