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Found, Cut, and Rearranged: The Art of John Stezaker


For almost four decades, the artist John Stezaker (British, b. 1949) has steadfastly been appropriating “found” press photographs, film stills, imagery from books, old postcards, and the like, to create a strikingly new way of seeing photography. One can tell that the artist is profoundly infatuated with images, whether he is subtracting from them (by cutting parts of them out) or adding them to another source. A winner of the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2012, Stezaker has built his highly original collages upon reference points of others before him — from the Surrealists to Modernists like Warhol, to contemporary Postmodern Appropriation artists such as Goldstein, Prince, Longo, Kruger, and Levine. With an open nod to these connected threads, Stezaker’s work has managed to find a comfortable new niche in the art world, a place where forty years of hard and unwavering work has taken him. (For more on Stezaker's work, see this thoughtful analysis by Rick Poynor published here in 2012.)


Stezaker
Mask XIII
The Tate Museum
2006
Collage


Stezaker
Marriage I
The Saatchi Gallery
2006
Collage
23.5 x 28.5 cm


Stezaker
Untitled XXVI
The Saatchi Gallery
2007
Collage
29.5 x 18.6 cm


Stezaker
Untitled XXII
The Saatchi Gallery
2007
Collage
25.4 x 20 cm


Stezaker
Mask C
The Saatchi Gallery
2008
Collage
26 x 20.4 cm

Stezaker
Mask CII
The Saatchi Gallery
2011
Collage
22.8 x 19 cm


Stezaker
He (Film Portrait Collage) III
The Saatchi Gallery 2008
Collage
26.6 x 20.4 cm


Stezaker
He (Film Portrait Collage) II
The Saatchi Gallery
2008
Collage
25 x 19.3 cm


Stezaker
Mask XXIX
The Saatchi Gallery
2006
Collage
23.5 x 19 cm


Stezaker
Old Mask VIII
The Saatchi Gallery
2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm


Stezaker
Old Mask VII
The Saatchi Gallery
2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm


Stezaker
Old Mask VI
The Saatchi Gallery
2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm


Stezaker
Old Mask V
The Saatchi Gallery
2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm


Stezaker
Old Mask IV
The Saatchi Gallery
2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm


Stezaker
Old Mask III
The Saatchi Gallery
2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm


Stezaker
Old Mask II
2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm


Stezaker
Old Mask I
The Saatchi Gallery
2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm


Stezaker
Blind I
The Saatchi Gallery
2006
Collage
23.2 x 18.7 cm


Stezaker
Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) XLV
The Saatchi Gallery
2007
collage
25.5 x 20.5 cm


Stezaker
Visitation
The Saatchi Gallery
2006
Collage
44 x 61 cm


Posted in: Accidental Mysteries, Art, Photography

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Comments [2]
A delight...
Rusty Dylan
04.07.14
09:21

It's amazing how easily the eye adjusts to the juxtaposition of a face no matter what is spliced together.....
Andresen
04.08.14
02:59



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