Pleased to meet you #11, 2021
Text by Claire Le Restif, conversation between Mark Kidel and Derek Jarman
The eleventh issue of the series Pleased to Meet You is devoted to Derek Jarman (1942-1994), a major figure in British cinema during the 1970s and 80s as well as a highly versatile artist, painter, draughtsman, costume and set designer, author and gardener. Before his premature death in 1994 of an AIDS-related illness, Jarman had developed a body of work in which an exuberant aesthetic is combined with a radical vision of British society. Relatively unknown in France, in the UK he is considered as a figurehead of the British underground. In this edition of Pleased to Meet You, which is also the first publication entirely devoted to Derek Jarman?s visual art outside cinema, we find an essay by Claire Le Restif, curator and director of the Crédac in Ivry-sur-Seine, which is the co-publisher of this issue and will host a solo exhibition devoted to Jarman in the fall of 2021, alongside an interview with the artist, portraits and photographs on location, of his studios, the garden of Prospect Cottage etc. It also features a dense portfolio bringing together drawings, paintings and sculptures, delivering a close-up and unprecedented vision of the artist?s work, over a period of thirty-five years.