Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Exhibitions

Brion Gysin: A Selection of Books and Works on Paper
  • Brion Gysin: A Selection of Books and Works on Paper
  • 19-Feb-2005 - 05-Jun-2005
  • South Balcony, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
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English-born painter and writer Gysin (1916-1986) is best known as the inventor of the "cut-up" technique that he pioneered with William S. Burroughs, and as the inventor of the hallucination-inducing "Dream Machine." His early works have much in common with the art of the surrealists, with whom he exhibited briefly in Paris in 1935 (only to have his works removed by André Breton). The exhibition includes books from the collection of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at KU and works on paper from the Spencer Museum of Art and the estate of William S. Burroughs. Special thanks to James Grauerholz of William Burroughs Communications for helping make this exhibition possible.

Brion Gysin: A Selection of Books and Works on Paper is organized by Stephen Goddard, curator of prints and drawings at the Spencer Museum of Art with assistance from Spencer Museum intern Joanna Sternberg and Richard W. Clement, special collections librarian at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. The exhibition is offered in conjunction with the national traveling exhibition, The Invisible Revealed: Surrealist Drawings from the Drukier Collection, organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, which comes to the Spencer Museum of Art in April.