[Back to artist listing] MALCOLM MCLAREN
Shallow, A Series of Musical Paintings, 2007–08
June 25–August 14, 2008

Creative Time proudly announces the U.S. premiere of Malcolm McLaren’s video project Shallow in the heart of Times Square, airing from June 25 to mid-August on 44 ½, MTV’s giant outdoor, gilded HD screen between 44th and 45th Streets. Presented larger than life on one of the biggest screens in Times Square, selections from Shallow will be screened at various times throughout the day. “Having presented video art in Times Square since 2001,” said Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, “we are thrilled to continue to give artists a more significant presence in the midst of the world’s media mecca.”

Shallow is a series of 21 “musical paintings”; the first 8 were created for a group show of the same name at 1-20 gallery, New York, curated by Stefan Bruggemann. McLaren completed the series for Art Basel Projects and premiered the complete work at Art 39 Basel, Switzerland.

Click here to view images from the opening party.

Malcolm McLaren, founder of the Sex Pistols, was born in 1946 in London and currently lives and works in Paris and New York. In 2007, the artist was invited to speak at Art Basel in the Conversations lecture series on Punk and contemporary art. McLaren is on the board of directors of Phillips de Pury. McLaren’s Sex and Seditionaries clothing series (originally conceived during his partnership with Vivienne Westwood) was recently exhibited in the Anglomania show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2006. Upcoming projects include the development of a stage musical about fashion.

Throughout his career, McLaren has enjoyed taking the artistic spectrum, bending it backwards, and forcing its opposing ends to fuse. He merged waltz music with techno in “Waltz Darling”; layered square dance calls over hip-hop scratching in “Buffalo Gals”; and dressed the New York Dolls in Communist-inspired fashions, provoking the outrage on which he thrives.