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An artist who works in a variety of styles and mediums, Jim Shaw is best known for intricate drawings that illustrate his personal life and dreams, as well as his fascination with the fringes of American society. Shaw had been friends with artist Mike Kelley from the time they were both students at the University of Michigan until Kelley’s death in 2012. The two cofounded the alt-rock art band, Destroy All Monsters, and later migrated to Los Angeles, where they attended CalArts for graduate school and established themselves as artists who plumbed the weirdest depths of popular culture. On the occasion of his retrospective at the Lower East Side’s New Museum (one of our top art shows in NYC this fall), we take a look at some of Shaw’s art that touches on themes like religion, politics and pop culture in a selection of works spanning his career.