"Today," declares Malcolm McLaren, " there are two words that sum up the culture: 'authenticity' is one, and the other … 'karaoke'! Many artists spend their entire life trying to authenticate, make true, a karaoke culture—but you have to be a magician to make that happen."
This book, like the exhibition it stems from, is built around McLaren's "Shallow," a series of 21 "musical paintings" made from a "grab bag of pop culture's debris over the past 50 years."
The project, curated by Bernd Wurlitzer, brought together Delia Brown, Wolfgang Flad, Rodney Graham
, Gregor Hildebrandt, Damien Hirst, Alicja Kwade, Jim Lambie, Jack Pierson
, Rob Pruitt
, Michael Queenland, Anselm Reyle
, Michael Sailstorfer
, and Andreas Schulze.
Malcolm McLaren has proven to be a visionary of pop culture and a pop cultural icon for over 30 years. With "Shallow," he is formally announcing his identity as an artist.