Tuesday, January 1, 2013

William Burroughs goes International

William Burroughs is primarily known as a beat generation writer, but he also created art later in his life. His art is creating quite a buzz lately.  His art work is currently being shown in a solo exhibition at the British Museum.  His work was exhibited in Karlsrue, Germany earlier this year, and his work will be shown in Viena later this year.

People who have lived in Lawrence a while may remember Burroughs.  Before he died, he occasionally made appearances in Lawrence where he read his work or was seen at parties.  Toward the end of his life, visitors made meals and chatted with him in his austere home.  Some Lawrencians assisted Burroughs when he was creating his art.

His art is a reflection of some of his interests: guns, cats, and spaceships.  The media he chose to work with includes collage and spray paint.

Read Mark Sherin's review of Burroughs' current show at the British Museum here: http://hyperallergic.com/62518/searching-for-guns-hidden-signs-and-lemurs-in-the-art-of-william-s-burroughs/ 

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