The Art of Peter GREENAWAY & Jack KEROUAC
September 14th – December 8th, 2018
Opening to the public (without a preview reception) during regular Gallery hours.
Special guest lectures, screenings and events to be announced as confirmed.
Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW
Fort Myers, FL: Florida SouthWestern State College is delighted to extend our celebration of the literary King of the Beats with back-to-back Jack Kerouac-related shows. Following the success of our Jack KEROUAC & Ed RUSCHA: On the Road exhibition (extended through Saturday, August 25th), the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW is proud to present The Art of Peter GREENAWAY & Jack KEROUAC from September 14th through December 8th. Pairing more than fifty of Kerouac’s paintings and unique works-on-paper (on loan from a private collection in Switzerland) with newly-commissioned, ”On the Road”-themed drawings by legendary British filmmaker Peter Greenaway, this exhibition provides the first and only opportunity in the United States to see a major survey of the visual art output of the seminal Beat poet/author and the iconoclastic, cinematic genius he has inspired.
Subject of solo visual art exhibitions and site-specific installations at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, and the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Peter Greenaway trained as a painter for four years before beginning to make his own films in 1966. His first feature, “The Draughtsman’s Contract” (1982), received much critical acclaim and established the director internationally as one of the most important and original film makers of our time. Mr. Greenaway’s adventures in cinema have starred such distinguished actors as Helen Mirren, Ewan McGregor, Julia Ormond and Ralph Fiennes and with the resounding success of “The cook, the Thief, his Wife & her Lover” (1989), “The Pillow-book” (1996) and many others, his reputation as a visionary with a cult-like following secured his prominent place in the historical canon.
For Jack Kerouac, art was a refuge – an escape and means of expression when words failed or seemed impossible. As the poet declared in 1956, “I only paint beautiful things.” But, by 1959, Kerouac had established his own self-imposed artistic rules including: “USE BRUSH SPONTANEOUSLY,” “PAINT WHAT YOU SEE IN FRONT OF YOU. NO ‘FICTION’” and “STOP WHEN YOU WANT TO ‘IMPROVE’ – IT’S DONE.” Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and Larry Rivers (who also appears in the classic Beat-era film “Pull My Daisy”) were among Kerouac’s closest circle of friends. While his lover at the time, the artist Dody Muller, would recall, “He admired, envied, and was awed by the painters.”
This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation and The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, and with loans from Il Rivellino LDV, Peter Greenaway and the Luperpedia Foundation.
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