Derek Jarman: Protest!


The definitive overview of the life and work of acclaimed artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman (1942-1994).


ISBN: 9780500971086 Category:


Derek Jarman was a very English rebel, a maverick and radical artist whose unique and distinctive voice was honed protesting against the strictures of life in post-war Britain. In an innovative practice that roamed freely across all varieties of media, Jarman refused to live and die quietly. He defined bohemian London life in the 1960s, exploded into queer punk in the 70s and with unbounded creative rage, ingenuity and sheer personal charm, he triumphed over an atmosphere of fear and ignorance in the age of AIDS to produce timeless, eloquent works of art which resonate still more strongly today.

This major new publication offers a definitive overview of Derek Jarman’s life and work. It covers all aspects of his oeuvre, from his features to his Super-8 films, his painting, design for theatre, poetry, gardening, memoir and political activism. Protest! contains excerpts from Jarman’s own writings, short interviews with friends and collaborators and newly commissioned texts from a wide range of contributors including John Maybury, Peter Tatchell, Philip Hoare, Sir Norman Rosenthal and Olivia Laing.

Generously illustrated with previously unseen images drawn from Jarman’s personal archive and unseen works from all stages of his career, this book brings the reader fresh and surprising insights into the world of this much-loved artist.

Additional information

Weight 2442 g
Dimensions 25.8 x 35.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 July 2020
Number of pages 320
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Seán Kissane and Karim Rehmani-White
Dimensions 25.8 x 35.1 cm
Weight 2442 g


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Seán Kissane is a curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Karim Rehmani-White is a distinguished publisher and writer.