Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Lionel Bovier. Text by Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Gregor Muir.
The paintings of Belgrade-born artist Djordje Ozbolt (born 1967) vary greatly in subject, spanning religion, human relationships, colonial exoticism (especially in Africa), to travel experiences and cultural stereotypes. This publication is the first monograph to celebrate Ozbolt’s collagelike paintings.
Published by nyehaus/foundation 20 21. Edited by Tim Nye. Text by David Rimanelli.
The work of Serbian-born, London-based painter Djordje Ozbolt is laced with sinister humor and virtuosity of hand. This limited edition, numbered first monograph--exquisitely produced with luxurious paper changes, a ribbon, a gatefold poster and a French-folded jacket printed on both sides--contains works from Ozbolt's first solo show in New York, all completed in 2007 and 2008. These include: "Thrilla," an infectiously deadpan acrylic of Michael Jackson, clad in the famous red leather suit, with arms akimbo and ghouls all around; "A Kiss is Just a Kiss," in which a tail-hanging monkey and an African okapi smooch mid-air; and "He's Back," starring a hairy giant holding a club and a decapitated head, marching in front of a roiling night sky. Essayist David Rimanelli writes, "Ozbolt, playing fast and loose with a wide range of painterly effects and art-historical references, dives into the historical muck, willy-nilly; he's having fun."