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Jim Shaw celebrates the fabric and weirdness of America at New Museum

Jim Shaw celebrates the fabric and weirdness of America at New Museum

Jim Shaw is the kind of artist who likes to collect. He started as a kid, with comic books and a library of Monsters magazine. As a teen, he progressed to records, where he refined his taste for the bizarre. One early score was "You're My Girl," a compilation of mood music and poetry delivered morosely by "Dragnet" star Jack Webb: "You're my girl, the boys all know / You're my girl, I've told them so."

From there, Shaw moved on to other curious bits of cultural ephemera: garage sale ceramics, Christian tracts, medical illustrations, anti-Masonic literature and literature that he describes as "right-wing crackpot stuff."

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