The Painted Word: Paintings, Drawings, and Collages by Poets from the Beat Generation Era

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Ferlinghetti © Courtesy of the Artist and Meridian Gallery
The Painted Word: Paintings, Drawings, and Collages by Poets from the Beat Generation Era
Curated by: Sue Kubly, Peter Selz

535 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
April 28th, 2012 - July 14th, 2012
Opening: May 16th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Union Square/Civic Center
Tue-Sat 11-5
photography, video-art, performance


During the 1950s and '60s the San Francisco Bay Area witnessed an outburst of creative energy. Called the "San Francisco Renaissance" and sometimes referred to as 'Beat", it was a culture in which poets combined their poetry with jazz as well as paintings, drawings, and collages etc. April’s Poetry Month in San Francisco will culminate as Meridian Gallery presents an exhibition called The Painted Word, that will display surprising visual art produced by these outstanding writers and poets.

Among the artists to be featured are William Saroyan, Kenneth Rexroth, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman, Jess, Robert Duncan, Michael McClure, Jack Michelin, David Meltzer, Henry Miller, and Kenneth Patchen, as well as photographs by Chris Felver.


Public Programs:

Poetry readings, film, and jazz performances will accompany the exhibition.


Extended until July 14th

Thought you missed The Painted Word? The exhibition--which features over 80 works of art by renowned writers and poets of the San Francisco Renaissance and Beat Generation--has been extended until July 14th. Exhibited artists include William S. Burroughs, Jess, Robert Duncan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman, John Keating, Michael McClure, Jack Micheline, Henry Miller, Kenneth Patchen, Kenneth Rexroth, and William Saroyan. 

Selected paintings from The Painted Word are for sale at Meridian Gallery through July 14, 2012. A percentage of each sale is tax deductible and benefits Meridian Gallery.