John Stezaker

29 January - 18 March 2011
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British artist John Stezaker is fascinated by the lure of images. Taking classic movie stills, vintage postcards and book illustrations, Stezaker makes collages to give old images a new meaning. By adjusting, inverting and slicing separate pictures together to create unique new works of art, Stezaker explores the subversive force of found images. Stezaker’s famous Mask series fuses the profiles of glamorous sitters with caves, hamlets, or waterfalls, making for images of eerie beauty.

His ‘Dark Star’ series turns publicity portraits into cut-out silhouettes, creating an ambiguous presence in the place of the absent celebrity. Stezaker’s way of giving old images a new context reaches its height in the found images of his Third Person Archive: the artist has removed delicate, haunting figures from the margins of obsolete travel illustrations. Presented as images on their own, they now take the centre stage of our attention

This first major exhibition of John Stezaker offers a chance to see work by an artist whose subject is the power in the act of looking itself. With over 90 works from the 1970s to today, the artist reveals the subversive force of images, reflecting on how visual language can create new meaning.

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John Stezaker is organised by the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Mudam, Luxembourg.

With thanks to:

The Approach, London.

Admission free

Supported by:


A display of John Stezaker’s work is on show at the Louis Vuitton Maison, 17-18 New Bond Street, London, from 8 February-19 March 2011. 

This exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated book.  £28, click here to buy

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Image 1: John Stezaker Love XI, 2006, collage. Private Collection, Switzerland. © The Artist.