Outlaw American Art: 1945-2016
Alan Kaufman is a critically acclaimed novelist, memoirist, poet and author of the groundbreaking "Outlaw" anthologies. The fourth and latest in the series is The Outlaw Bible of American Art. Documenting movements from the Post-war to the present, it is a revolutionary art world alternative canon of marginalized or famed autodidactic paint-slinging loners who followed their own outrageous, sometimes catastrophic, visions to the heights of fame or the depths of neglect. The Outlaw Bible of American Art is an anthological barbaric yawp that manifestos, essays, interviews and biographies, profiling such artists and moments as Boris Lurie and the NO!art movement, Forrest Bess, Ana Mendieta, Ed Clark, Sue Coe, Joe Coleman, Clayton Patterson, The Guerrilla Art Action Group, David Wojnarowitz, and Jose 'Cochise' Quiles.
Please join us for a Made at NYPL author talk featuring Alan Kaufman presenting highlights and rare images from this underground history. An audience Q&A and book-signing will follow the talk.
Alan Kaufman is a writer-in-residence in The New York Public Library's Frederick Lewis Allen Room. In addition to the "Outlaw" anthologies The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible of American Literature (co-edited with Barney Rosset), The Outlaw Bible of American Essays and The New Generation, his books include the novel Matches, the memoirs Jew boy and Drunken Angel. His most recent book of poetry is Straight Jacket Elegies. Kaufman is the former dean of The Free University of San Francisco and has been a lecturer at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His essays on culture and politics have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Partisan Review, and other publications.
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