John Waters

Born 1946
Hometown Baltimore, MD
Lives and Works Baltimore, MD
New York University, New York, NY

John Waters Gallery Art

Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY

Musée du sourire, Paris, France
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Inspired by B-films and melodramas, John Waters began making films as a teenager, using friends and stolen film stock. His films feature drag queens, drugs, violence, abortion, religion, and depravity, poking fun at their offensiveness while wallowing in it. Later, bigger budget films star Hollywood icons, while still rollicking in poor taste and tackiness.

In the 1990s, Waters started photographing videos on his television, which he edited into "little movies": various drugstore-processed stills strung together as horizontal filmstrips. These works have been exhibited widely and a traveling exhibition premiered at the New Museum, New York, NY. Waters has authored several journalistic books, a recent memoir, and is an avid art collector. In 2011, he curated an exhibition from the collection of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Works Available for Purchase


The Art World Remembers Feature Inc.'s Hudson
Funny Strange or Funny Ha Ha?
The Art of Espionage
How Nan Goldin Redefined Photography
Pipilotti Rist Says: Spit on Your Mobile Phone
How Artists Matt Starr and Ellie Sachs Use Art to Create A More V


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