John Waters (*1946) is an American filmmaker, writer, author, actor and artist. As one of the most celebrated directors in American independent cinema, he has produced an array of cult films in the 1970s and 80s, such as Pink Flamingos (1972), Polyester (1981), and Hairspray (1988). Casting his eye over some unlikely corners of the film business, he later turned to photographic-based work in the 1990s with the same wit and audacity found in his films. At his vibrant best, when flaunting Hollywood’s rules or revelling in bad taste, he brings this rebellious streak to his artwork whichever the medium.
Beverly Hills John
July 1–August 15, 2015
John Waters' first ever exhibition in London, Beverly Hills John, is a fresh set of affectionate barbs about the movie biz. While he hasn’t lost his mordant wit or sense of mischief, Beverly Hills John finds Waters in a more reflective mood, asking the question: ‘Since celebrity is the only obscenity left in the art world, where do I fit in?’ He also hopes to resolve issues about childhood fame, false glamour, the horrors of nouveau-riche excess, his ongoing sexual attractions and the possible risk of ‘careericide’ with dignity.Read more