John Waters - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, November 13, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, John Waters: Unwatchable, April 21 - May 20, 2006 (another example exhibited); Charlottesville, University of Virginia Art Museum, Complicit! Contemporary American Art and Mass Culture, September 1 - October 29, 2006 (another example exhibited); St. Louis, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Artistically Incorrect: The Photographs and Sculptures of John Waters, October 11, 2008 - January 11, 2009 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    R.C. Baker, “Laugh Till You Cry,” The Village Voice, May 2, 2006; D. D’Arcy, “John Waters: Unwatchable,” GreenCine, May 17, 2006 (illustrated); A.C. Robinson, “John Waters Unwatchable,” Gay City News, Volume 5, Issue 18, May 4 - 10, 2006 (illustrated); D. Bonetti, “Camping it up with John Waters,” (online content), October 12, 2008 (illustrated); H. Barnes, “John Waters still wants to shock, but affluence is good, too,” St. Louis Beacon, 2008 (illustrated); A. Goldstein, “In Memoriam: A Retrospective of Michael Jackson’s Image in Contemporary Art,” Art We Love (online content), June 26, 2009

  • Catalogue Essay

    John Waters, internationally-acclaimed director, filmmaker, entertainer and artist brings to light his typical, quirky insight from his life in entertainment in the present lot titled Playdate. Here Waters captures an eerie, life-like rendering of the archetypal figures Michael Jackson and Charles Manson. Informed from the artist’s everyday life, the shrill dark satire exhibits itself as the viewer engages with the characters’ significance as rather unusual playdates amongst the well-heeled artworld.



Two figures comprised of silicone, human and synthetic hair, cotton flannel and polar fleece.
Installation dimensions variable. Jackson: 15 3/4 x 26 x 15 1/2 in. (40 x 66 x 39.4 cm); Manson: 18 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 13 in. (47.6 x 31.8 x 33 cm)
Signed and titled “John Waters ‘Playdate’” and numbered of five on the reverse of the Manson figure. This work is from an edition of five.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,000

Contemporary Art Part II

13 Nov 2009
New York