[Item #5040] Dead Aim: The Unseen Art of William S. Burroughs (Exhibition Catalog). James Grauerholz, William S. Burroughs.
Dead Aim: The Unseen Art of William S. Burroughs (Exhibition Catalog)
Dead Aim: The Unseen Art of William S. Burroughs (Exhibition Catalog)

Dead Aim: The Unseen Art of William S. Burroughs (Exhibition Catalog)

London, England: Riflemaker Gallery, 2005. Limited First Edition. Softcover. "(William S.) Burroughs had been exhibiting his artworks professionally worldwide for several years when he began this series in 1992, and these "Shot Sheriff" works on paper should be seen in context as home-made pistol-shooting targets, depicting bad guys- but also as intentional works of art...What is peculiar to this series is that- although Burroughs always denied having any talent at all for representational draftsmanship, and his artworks were almost universally abstract and non-representational- these particular works are an interrelated group of cartoonish caricatures that are quite "representational," if only iconically." (from introduction, "American Target Shooting," by James Grauerholz, unpaginated) A catalog for one of a three-part exhibition of artworks & ephemera by William S. Burroughs held at the Riflemaker Gallery in London during September-December of 2005. While of course mainly a writer whose innovations & insights make him the Foremost Figure of the Beat Generation-&-Beyond, WSB was also an artist, especially in his later years following the death of his great friend & collaborator Brion Gysin in 1986. Most of his artworks, including the 1992 series depicted in this catalog, involve the use of guns- in this case, uncharacteristically representational images are used as targets. As Grauerholz (the keeper of the WSB legacy as well as our good friend & Burroughsian mentor) writes elsewhere in his introduction quoted above, "After Burroughs recklessly killed his wife Joan in 1951 in a drunken handgun accident, a special aura of the shocking and the naughty forever attached to anything gun-related in his life or work." With very well-reproduced color images (though some are monochromatic) of WSB's artworks, including at fold-out front & rear inner flaps; & Grauerholz' most insightful introductory essay, only slightly quoted here & well-worth reading closely in its entirety. Softcover with flaps as noted above, one of 1000 copies printed per copyright-colophon (last page). Schottlaender, B25, pg. 28. A beautiful production, & an exceedingly rare WSB artwork-related collectible. In very fine condition with only very slight rubbing & mild scratching to front, back covers & spine; a few miniscule bumps at edges & corners of same. Interior very fine, substantially mint. Very Fine. [Item #5040]

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