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b. 1949, United Kingdom

John Stezaker Biography

Acclaimed London-based artist John Stezaker is known for his photographic collage works, that draw on the artist’s immense archive of mid-twentieth century cinema memorabilia, agency head-shots, postcards and photobooks. In a practice built over several decades, Stezaker splices together diverse visions, conjoining male and female faces along sharp diagonal seams, or placing scenic Romantic landscape postcards directly over the expressions of unknown actors. Using the remnants of the film industry to revitalise the power of the static image, insisting on the dynamism of the single frame and of the silent picture.

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Read in a time of post-lens imaging, Stezaker’s works recall Surrealist techniques and the form of modern political satire; appearing first as relics from Hollywood’s golden era, and not without some nostalgia. However these fabricated portraits of an obsolete glamour speak directly to a contemporary experience of fragmentation and illegibility, becoming reminders of the impossibility of the image to communicate.

He was awarded the 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize; and held a major survey exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Gallery in 2011.

John Stezaker Featured Artworks

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Touch by John Stezaker contemporary artwork
John StezakerTouch, 2014Archival pigment print on Somerset Photo Satin 300gsm paper
55.5 x 44 cm
Dellasposa Gallery Contact Gallery
Tabula Rasa Edition by John Stezaker contemporary artwork
John StezakerTabula Rasa Edition, 2011Signed artist's book and slipcase
28.6 x 21 x 2.5 cm
Karsten Schubert London Contact Gallery
Circle XII by John Stezaker contemporary artwork
John StezakerCircle XII, 2018Collage
23.5 x 29.3 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Untitled by John Stezaker contemporary artwork
John StezakerUntitled, 2018Collage
18.9 x 23.6 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Circle XIII by John Stezaker contemporary artwork
John StezakerCircle XIII, 2018Collage
24.7 x 22.9 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
L II by John Stezaker contemporary artwork
John StezakerL II, 2018Collage
25.8 x 20.6 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Passion II by John Stezaker contemporary artwork
John StezakerPassion II, 2018Collage
20.5 x 25.8 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Pair XXX by John Stezaker contemporary artwork
John StezakerPair XXX, 2017Collage
20.5 x 20.6 cm
Starkwhite Enquire

John Stezaker Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Artists for New York at Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
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1–22 October 2020 Group Exhibition Artists for New York Hauser & Wirth22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Lasting Impressions at Dellasposa Gallery, London
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4 March–30 May 2020 Group Exhibition Lasting Impressions Dellasposa GalleryLondon

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John Stezaker In Ocula Magazine

John Stezaker Ocula Conversation John Stezaker By Stephanie Bailey, London

I'm obviously an image fetishist, and the desire in image fetishism relies on seeing the image as a whole as well as seeing both into it and through it.

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John Stezaker In Related Press

Biennale Of Sydney Annoucnces Major Donation Related Press Biennale Of Sydney Annoucnces Major Donation 28 November 2014, Nicholas Forrest for Blouin ArtInfo / 26 November 2014

The Biennale of Sydney has announced the Neilson Foundation as its inaugural Principal Patron following a major donation by the Foundation to the Biennale. According to the Biennale, the landmark funding partnership will provide a significant boost to the event ahead of its 20th edition in 2016. The Neilson Foundation was established in 2007 by...

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Mirrorcity: Glimpsing The Digital Revolution Related Press Mirrorcity: Glimpsing The Digital Revolution 21 November 2014, Apollo magazine / 12 November 2014

If mirrors were once considered to be portals into different realities, today’s mirror is the digital world. Almost everything has a digital component: scan a barcode or download an app to get information, wear a bracelet to track your health, use a hashtag to follow the conversation. As we build a ‘digital mirror-city that echoes our...

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