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bird on extended hand
  • Brion Gysin
    1916–1986
    born: Taplow, England, United Kingdom ; died: Paris, France
  • bird on extended hand, 1954
  • Where object was made: United States
  • ink on paper
  • Loaned by the Estate of William S. Burroughs
  • Not on display
  • L1990.025
  • Loan
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Exhibitions

Exhibition Label:
"Brion Gysin: A Selection of Books and Works on Paper," Feb-2005, Steve Goddard and Joanna Sternberg
This drawing of a trusting bird, perhaps a Marsh Owl
or Wood Owl, perched on the artist’s hand, was drawn in the year that Gysin opened a restaurant, 1001 Nights, in Tangiers. This restaurant afforded Gysin a venue to enjoy nightly performances of the flute music of the Master Musicians of Jajouka. It was also in this restaurant that Gysin and William S. Burroughs first met.