:: BONUS ::
John Waters on His Life in Art
by Stephen Mooallem
Published December 14 in Harpers Bazaar
Excerpt: For almost six decades, John Waters—the filmmaker behind subversive touchstones like Pink Flamingos (1972), Polyester (1981), and Hairspray (1988); the author of nonfiction tomes like Shock Value and Role Models and the novel Liarmouth; a stand-up comic, spoken-word performer, and prolific photographer, sculptor, and mixed-media polymath—has been not just making art but also collecting it. Waters’s collection, which he has been amassing since he was in his teens and has installed throughout his residences in New York, San Francisco, and Baltimore, includes some of the most important visual artists of the postwar period—people like Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, and Diane Arbus—alongside boundary pushers like Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Mike Kelley, Richard Tuttle, and the Swiss duo of Peter Fischli and Eric Weiss.
The works in Waters’s collection reflect many of his own interests as an artist—in shock, humor, provocation, and pop culture. But like his movies, they have a beating heart beneath them all: an understanding of what it means to be an outsider or feel different, a yearning for an approval that will never come, and a glimpse of the strength that can be gathered from finding community by being gleefully out of step with the world.