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An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle

Authors: Michael Duncan and Christopher Wagstaff, with contributions by William Breazeale and James Maynard

Publisher: Pomegranate Press, 2013

Hardcover, 288 pages

List Price: $65.00

 

This informative, amply illustrated, and well-researched book documents the decades-long influence of the artist Jess Collins (now known as Jess) and his partner in art and life, poet and artist Robert Duncan.  Traversing the country from postwar Black Mountain College to Beat-period San Francisco, Jess and Duncan influenced a wide range of young artists and poets, nurturing a creative circle that included Wallace Berman, Ronald Bladen, Edward Corbett, Llyn Foulkes, George Herms, Pauline Kael, R. B. Kitaj, William McNeill, and Robert Dean Stockwell.

AICA-USA member Michael Duncan is an independent curator and corresponding editor for Art in America; Christopher Wagstaff is co-trustee of the Jess Collins Trust, which administers the estates of Jess and Robert Duncan.  Both have extensive experience with these artists, and their comprehensive research makes this book a primary resource for anyone interested in postwar American art.

The exhibition “An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle” remains on view at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum, through September 1, and travels to the Grey Art Gallery, New York, January 14 – March 29, 2014.

 

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