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'Written, Drawn, and Stapled': exhibition | 25-Jan-11

'Written, Drawn, and Stapled': exhibition of American poetry

11 Feb - 3 March 2011
Atrium Gallery
The Glasgow School of Art
167 Renfrew Street Glasgow G3 6RQ
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday closed
Free admission to gallery

Preview: Thursday 10 Feb, 5-7pm

The press release for this event says:

'Written, Drawn, and Stapled' is an exhibition of over a hundred American poetry books and periodicals covering the period 1965 -75, taken from the collections of John Janssen and Les Coleman.

This post-Beat second wave of poets who congregated in New York City's Lower East Side is known as the Mimeo Revolution - referring to the printing method employed in the making of these cheaply produced publications and where the poets themselves acted as publishers. This close knit community of writers, including John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Ted Berrigan, Larry Fagin, Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, Anne Waldman, Aram Saroyan, Bernadette Mayer et al involved themselves in numerous creative collaborations and games. They also engaged artist friends of the time to provide cover images.

Amongst the books on display, there are covers by Philip Guston, Larry Rivers, Helen Frankenthaler, Ed Ruscha, Alex Katz, Jim Dine, James Rosenquist, and artist/illustrator Joe Brainard. In addition, there are numerous examples of cover artwork by George Schneeman who built his career around his collaborations with poets. Occasionally, these would be jointly published by artist and author.

An illustrated catalogue to accompany 'Written, Drawn, and Stapled' is available.

Many of the books and periodicals on display at Atrium Gallery are found in the Poetry Library collection.

Thurs 10 Feb 3.30pm: Atrium Gallery, talk with John Janssen, Les Coleman, the collectors and David Bellingham.

Exhibition in collaboration with RGAP (Research Group for Artists Publications)

Image Credit: Alice Notley, Incidentals in The Day World Angel Hair Books, New York, 1973, card covers, mimeographed, 116pp, side stapled, 280 x 216, ed.500, cover by Philip Guston

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