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Dancer John Maybury


John Maybury London 1958 –

Date 1986
Object type photograph
Medium, technique video still on Kodak paper

119.5 x 119.6 cm

Inventory number MO.91.100
Collection Department of Art after 1800
On view This artwork is not on display

Maybury scored his first success as a member of a young artists group called New Romantics debuting in the early 1980s, rising to the rank of one of England’s leading avantgarde film makers and video artists. He worked with Michael Clark’s dance company, Leigh Bowery performance artist, and, most importantly, he was involved in several of Derek Jarman’s films as sets and costume designer and cutter. His first feature film – Love is the Devil itself – was shown in 1998.
He is preoccupied by the visual tools of popular culture and the visual potentialities hidden in its various kinds. (His video clip to Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2U has won several prizes.) He experiments with unexpected and novel combinations of motion picture, dance, text and music. He likes exotically glaring colours and enhanced expressiveness. His experimental video works promote him to the first rank of video artists in England. He sometimes picks and blows up details of scenes and show them as autonomous pictures in exhibitions. That is how he cut out the Dancer from Ecce Homo Promo of 1986 and a self-portrait from the video work Big Love of 1984.

Ferenc Tóth

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