Sunday Night Movies, 2012

This work, from a series titled Sunday Night Movies, was produced as part of a 96 page illustrated book that Leanne Shapton published through Drawn & Quarterly in 2013. Isolating stills from black & white movies, the book is like “valentine to the world of cinema.” Shapton’s chosen medium of watercolor makes for an unexpected homage to that of celluloid, capturing its fleeting qualities of layered transparency, voluminous light, and textured shadow in a new (now fixed) format. In their reimagining here even the title credits are imbued with an auric quality—text and image become one; a shimmering portal to another world.

Leanne Shapton, b. 1973, is a Canadian author, artist, and publisher based in New York City. Shapton’s Swimming Studies won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, and was long listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2012. She is the co-founder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of J&L Books, an internationally-distributed not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books. Her works have appeared in diverse newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker, and she teaches in the creating writing department at Columbia University School of the Arts. Shapton was part of the 2018 Man Booker Prize jury, and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Her latest book is Guestbook, a collection of short stories. 

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46.50" x 71.00"

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