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Jim Shaw: Before and After Math


Metro Pictures / New York / Art

The American artist Jim Shaw is known for his eclectic pastiches of popular culture. Before beginning a painting, he mines endless archives of film, comic books, rock albums, and pulp novels, selecting images that idealize America—its history or its promise. He then gives these images the Shaw twist. This exhibition includes eight paintings and three films. Alas, it is also one of the last exhibitions at Metro Pictures. The gallery has announced that it will soon close permanently. —E.C.

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