Derek Jarman was a legendary iconoclastic multi-disciplinary artist. Through filmmaking, painting, writing and gardening he offers invaluable insight into the nature of the society in which he lived. His work drew from philosophy and literature as well as his own personal history and his interests included Hereclitus, alchemy and the writing of John Dee, Shakespeare, contemporary music, Benjamin Brittan, gardening and the history of plants. His ground-breaking use of the Super 8 camera used in both short and feature length films, illustrates the same daring innovation as his paintings. His poetry and journals display an immense writing talent and his garden at Prospect Cottage in Dungeness is revered by horticulturists worldwide. He was an ardent and forthright campaigner for gay rights and his work is a powerful testimony to the way he dealt with his HIV status, his sexuality, with homophobia in the press and their manipulation of the AIDS epidemic, and to his courageous confrontation with his own mortality.Read More
Derek Jarman (b.1942, London, UK - d.1994, London, UK) has upcoming exhibitions in Centre d'art contemporain d'Ivry - le Crédac and Manchester Art Gallery, UK. Recent important solo exhibitions include_PROTEST!,_ IMMA, Dublin, Ireland My garden's boundaries are the horizon, Garden Museum, London, UK, PROTEST!, IMMA, Dublin, Ireland, The Last of England, VOID, Derry. Other notable solo shows include Derek Jarman: Curated by Isaac Julien, Serpentine Gallery (London UK), Kunsthalle Zürich (Switzerland) and Kunsthalle Wien (Austria), Derek Jarman: A Retrospective, Barbican Centre (London UK), Queer: Derek Jarman, Filmmuseum Potsdam (Germany) and Derek Jarman: Super8, Julia Stoschek Collection, (Düsseldorf, Germany).
Text courtesy Amanda Wilkinson Gallery.
40 years since cases of HIV/AIDS were first identified, David Zwirner gallery in New York and London pays tribute to artists whose lives were cut short by the disease, and the community who endured os