Derek Jarman: Protest! by Thames&Hudson

For any fan of the touche-à-tout artist, this Thames&Hudson book is the Jarman bible.

This major new publication, published on the occasion of major joint retrospectives held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Manchester Art Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, Void Derry and John Hansard Gallery in 2019-2020, gives a fascinating overview of Derek Jarman’s genius.

Protest! is brilliantly contextualized by archival images (private views of exhibitions attended by David Hockney here, images of his house and garden in Dungeness there), Jarman’s own writings and art.

With introductions by Alistair Hudson, Director of Manchester Art Gallery, and Annie Fletcher, Director of IMMA, the book covers all aspects of the queer rebel artist’s oeuvre, from his features to his Super-8 films, his paintings, theatre design, poetry, gardening, memoir and political activism.

The short interviews with friends and collaborators, as well as newly-commissioned texts from a wide range of stellar contributors including John Maybury, Sir Norman Rosenthal and Olivia Laing make for a compelling insight into Jarman’s life and spirit.

A real dive into the artist’s creative mind this new book is a must-have.