BURROUGHS, WILLIAM

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MODERNE KUNST NüRNBERG

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Hardcover, 7.5 x 9.5 in. / 176 pgs / illustrated throughout.

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PUB DATE 9/30/2012
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From cut-ups to shotgun paintings, the art of William Burroughs.

  

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The Art of William S. Burroughs: Cut-ups, Cut-ins, Cut-outs

Published by Moderne Kunst Nürnberg
Edited by Synne Genzmer, Colin Fallows. Text by Synne Genzmer, Tim Head, C.A. Howe, Barry Miles, Jon Savage. Interview by Allen Ginsberg, Lee Ranaldo, Colin Fallows.

Featured image, "The Curse of Bast" (1987), is reproduced from <I>The Art of William S. Burroughs: Cut-ups, Cut-ins, Cut-outs</I>.The influence of William Burroughs on popular culture has been enormous: the Beatles, the Stones, Andy Warhol, the Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Keith Haring, David Cronenberg and Sonic Youth have all paid homage to the Beat writer in various media. While Burroughs’ life story and sexual/narcotic proclivities have had their own legacy, the “cut-up” method that he developed in the 1960s with his friend Brion Gysin has proved his most generative legacy. Writers, musicians and artists of all kinds have adopted this chance procedure, which involves the cutting and splicing of language--or image, or sound--to produce unexpected conjunctions and scramble consensus reality. “The cut-up is actually closer to the facts of perception than representational painting,” Burroughs wrote of the method. “Take a walk down a city street and put down what you have just seen on canvas . . . consciousness is a cut up.” This compendium of Burroughs’ artwork, collages, cut-ups, scrapbooks, photographs, films, ephemera and paintings offers a full overview of his visual output, emphasizing the importance and legacy of the cut-up method. In addition, it examines the significance of his tape cut-up experiments of the 60s and 70s, as well as his practice of collaboration across media. Containing much previously unseen material, Cut-ups, Cut-ins, Cut-outs: The Art of William Burroughs is a definitive publication on a writer and artist whose influence only increases with time.
William Seward Burroughs (1914–1997) was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He studied at Harvard University where he graduated in 1936 and briefly attended medical school in Vienna. In the 1940s he met Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, thus helping to found the Beat movement, of which his novel Naked Lunch is a key text.

Featured image, "The Curse of Bast" (1987), is reproduced from The Art of William S. Burroughs: Cut-ups, Cut-ins, Cut-outs.

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Even by literary standards, William Burroughs' notoriety is unusually multifaceted. He was the notorious author of The Naked Lunch,, The Soft Machine, Queer and numerous other novels; in his lifetime, he was famous for his drug habit and his rock star pals; and he confounded even the more adventurous of his literary contemporaries with his development of something called the Cut-Up Technique. Burroughs' painter friend Brion Gysin developed this technique accidentally in 1959, by slicing through layers of newspaper in his studio and happening to read across the cuts. Burroughs--who often approached creative production as a researcher and a technician--seized on this method, not only for its efficacy in generating surprising word combinations, but also for its fidelity to the daily experience of how language intersects with our consciousness. "The cut-up is actually closer to the facts of perception than representational painting," he once wrote: "take a walk down a city street and put down what you have just seen on canvas ... consciousness is a cut up." Burroughs quickly realized that "all writing is in fact cut-ups-a collage of words read, heard, overhead," declaring that "use of scissors renders the process explicit and subject to extension and variation." By the mid 60s, he was treating the method as an occult operation, after prophesying various deaths and disasters by cut-up. Burroughs' cut-up trilogy of the 1960s-The Soft Machine, The Ticket That Exploded and Nova Express-prompted musicians such as David Bowie, Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle to make similar investigations with lyrics and sound. Kunst Nurnberg's 220-page hardback is the first publication on Burroughs and cut-ups, and the biggest book to date on his art, encompassing his scrapbooks, photographs, shotgun paintings, collages, and his audio and film explorations of the cut-up technique. -- Thomas Evans
Artbook | D.A.P. Staff

 

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