In his career spanning over four decades, John Waters has established himself in a variety of roles including film directing, screenwriting, acting, stand-up comedy, journalism, and visual art. Waters is considered to be one of the most celebrated directors in American independent cinema but he also has found mainstream success with his films Hairspray and Cry-Baby, the former of which was adapted into a long-running Broadway musical.Read More
In his artistic practice Waters reimagines pre-existing images by taking single frames from his favourite films and placing them in different orders or contexts. These acts of appropriation have allowed him to produce new meanings and associations from already established narratives. His sculptures, installations, and photographic works serve as a commentary on popular culture and consumerism and are unapologetically satirical. Provocation, gender, race, sex, religion, and consumerism are recurring themes throughout Waters works.
The artist’s recent solo exhibitions have included BLACK BOX: KIDDIE FLAMINGOS at Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore (2016); Beverly Hills John at Sprüth Magers, London (2015); Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much can you Take? At Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York (2014); and John Waters: Neurotic at McClain Gallery, Houston (2012). Waters’ work is held in several public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.