Published by JRP|Editions. Edited by Laetitia Chauvin, Clément Dirié, Claire Le Restif. Text by Claire Le Restif, Elisabeth Lebovici, Marco Martella, James Mackay, Tilda Swinton, Simon Fisher Turner, et al.
Gathering newly commissioned essays devoted to specific—and sometimes lesser-known—aspects of the artist's life and work, and extensive portfolios spanning his oeuvre, this volume offers an accessible overview of Derek Jarman (1942–94), one of the legendary cultural figures of the postwar era. Jarman was an artist, filmmaker, musician and gay activist who powerfully marked British culture, from his first feature film Sebastiane (1976) to his videos for the Pet Shop Boys and Marianne Faithfull in the 1980s, from his AIDS activism to his cult film Blue (1993). Conceived as a reader, this volume includes essays by cultural critic Elisabeth Lebovici, curator Claire Le Restif and garden historian Marco Martella; an interview with Jarman’s collaborator James Mackay; testimonies by actress Tilda Swinton and musician Simon Fisher Turner; and an illustrated chronology. Jarman's militant Queer Paintings series (1992), his Super8 films from the mid-1970s and his assemblages made at his legendary garden at Prospect Cottage in Kent are all discussed.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Foreword by Julia Stoschek, Phillip Fürnkäs.
The British filmmaker, set designer, painter and author Derek Jarman is well-known to a wide audience, but his earliest films, made in Super-8, are only recently beginning to be retrieved. Made in the early 70s, and already proposing key Jarman themes of sexuality and Englishness, these diaristic shorts predate his first feature Sebastiane (1976) and are reproduced here as stills.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Text by Julia Peyton-Jones, Tilda Swinton, Chrissie Iles, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Brutal Beauty presents Isaac Julien's refreshing vision of Derek Jarman as a true Renaissance man--a painter, director, activist, diarist and gardener--whose infectiously prolific range of enterprises belies a consistent preoccupation with liberated sexual politics and the defiance of inherited mores.