Thursday, November 22, 2018

Fascinating and treasurable …

… All of Life Is Creation: Jack Kerouac’s Art - Los Angeles Review of Books. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Kerouac: Beat Painting is the catalog of an exhibition mounted, between December 2017 and April 2018, at the MAGA Gallery at Gallarate in northern Italy. While it was by no means the first show of visual art by the Beat writers, it did open a revelatory new door on the aspirations of Kerouac during a key period in his career. Having experienced some light training at Dody Muller’s studio in New York, he displays in many of the best works collected here an expressionist sensibility reminiscent of Willem de Kooning, as well as a Post-Impressionist recourse to vivid improbabilities of color. In short, Kerouac the painter turns out to be every bit as interesting as Kerouac the writer.

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