William Shakespeare × Marcel Dzama: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Seeing Shakespeare) (Hardcover)

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William Shakespeare × Marcel Dzama: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Seeing Shakespeare) By William Shakespeare, Marcel Dzama (By (artist)), Leslie Jamison (Contributions by) Cover Image
By William Shakespeare, Marcel Dzama (By (artist)), Leslie Jamison (Contributions by)
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Staff Reviews

A full Dzama monograph would’ve been lovely, but we’re probably OK with reading words, too? Forget scholarly annotations; (re-)contextualize Shakespeare’s lines with Dzama’s shimmering colors and bold lines. Feed everyone’s inner theater kid and help yourself, friends, and family create new connections with part of the literary, poetic, and theatrical canon.

— From Jae


Set in an enchanted forest, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the ideal subject for artist Marcel Dzama, whose work frequently references dreams, fairy tales, and mythical worlds.

Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Shakespeare’s celebrated romantic comedy intertwines multiple narratives under the influence of transformation and witchcraft. The play is often staged with actors wearing animal masks, an aspect which appeals particularly to Dzama, whose work is characterized by the fusion of human and animal, fantasy and reality.

The second title in David Zwirner Books’s Seeing Shakespeare series revisits the ultimate fairy tale through the eyes of a contemporary artist who feels a special affinity for its imagery. 

About the Author

The work of Marcel Dzama (b. 1974, Winnipeg) is characterized by an immediately recognizable visual language that draws from a diverse range of references and artistic influences, including Dada and Marcel Duchamp. While he has become known for his prolific drawings with their distinctive palette of muted colors, the artist’s practice also encompasses sculpture, painting, film, and dioramas.

Praise For…

“Offers a glimpse into the mind of the artist and his delicately rendered, infinitely bizarre universe.”
— ARTnews

“Since the late 1990s, Marcel Dzama has populated his ink-and-watercolor drawings with sundry dismemberments and wounds accomplished by swords, knives, arrows, guns, bats, and the occasional mace; the malevolent images may be inspired by hellish doings, but this is hell as circus ring or costume ball. His is a fun-house hell where sinners are condemned to an eternity of enigma.”
— Albert Mobilio

“The second in publisher David Zwirner’s Seeing Shakespeare series, the impeccable coupling of A MidSummer Night’s Dream with contemporary Canadian artist Marcel Dazma makes for a particularly magical outcome. Dazma’s vibrant watercolors of polkadot-laden fairies donning butterfly wings, an ever-present moon with a coy smile, and human-animal fusions dance off the page, portraying a Shakespearean classic anew.”
— Vanity Fair

Product Details
ISBN: 9781644230442
ISBN-10: 1644230445
Publisher: David Zwirner Books
Publication Date: May 18th, 2021
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Seeing Shakespeare