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An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle

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Sent On The VIIth Wave, 1979 Collage And Mixed Media 39 X 33 In. © The Buck Collection, Laguna Beach, CA
An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle

New York University
100 Washington Square East
New York, NY 10003
January 14th, 2014 - March 29th, 2014
Opening: January 13th, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.nyu.edu/greyart
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
soho
EMAIL:  
greygallery@nyu.edu
PHONE:  
212-998-6780
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue, Thu-Fri 11-6; Wed 11-8; Sat 11-5
SCHOOL ASSOCIATION:  
New York, New York University (NYU)
TAGS:  
collages, myth, poetry, collage-assemblage, films, ephemera, eclectic, Bay-Area, California, postmodernism, modern, surrealism, sculpture, mixed-media

DESCRIPTION

An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle is the first exhibition to focus on the work of this genre-bending group of West Coast artists. Jess (1923–2004), who produced fantastical paintings, collages, and assemblages, and Robert Duncan (1919–1988), who wrote poetry in eclectic, myth-laden verse, were one of the most fascinating artistic couples of the 20th century. After they met in San Francisco in 1950, their work became increasingly intertwined, their dense, allusive creations permeating one another. An Opening of the Field includes approximately 180 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, films, and ephemera—many of which have never been shown in public. The show features numerous works by the visual artists and poets in their circle, such as Wallace Berman, George Herms, and R. B. Kitaj, revealing the complex and fertile interplay between poetry and art in San Francisco during the 1950s.

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