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Richard Brautigan, Muir Beach.
February 1968. Photo:
Dr. John Doss.
Joanne Kyger met Richard Brautigan at a gallery opening in San Francisco in the spring of 1957 when they were both 22 years old. After dinner the following night Richard gave Joanne her first tour of North Beach.
In 1960, Joanne left San Francisco and lived in Japan for several years where she married Gary Snyder and studied Zen Buddhism. She became close friends with Richard when she returned to San Francisco in February 1964.
Joanne and Richard were greatly influenced by Jack Spicer early in their careers and both were important and vivid figures in the remarkable literary and art scene in San Francisco in the mid-to-late sixties. They often read poetry at the same events and published in the same magazines, including the one-shot “Change” (1963) edited by Richard and Ron Loewinsohn, and “Wild Dog” guest edited by Joanne in 1965. They spoke on the phone nearly every day during this period and Richard would often read new work to her.
Richard’s book “In Watermelon Sugar” (completed in 1964, published in 1968) was dedicated to Joanne Kyger, Donald Allen and Michael McClure. He began writing it while staying in Bolinas, and Joanne would sometimes visit Richard there while he was working on it. She eventually moved to Bolinas in 1968 where she now resides.
Richard bought houses in Bolinas and Montana and divided his time between the two while making trips to Japan. Though they were not as close as they had been, Joanne and Richard were in contact until 1984 when Richard Brautigan died in Bolinas.
The prospectus offering the collection may be viewed here.
Featuring: Rudy Burckhardt, Edwin Denby,
Francesca Woodman, and Alvin Curran
Above: Copy print of the 1949 Rudy Burckhardt photomontage "Over the Roofs of Chelsea" created for the exhibition with Helen DeMott, Lucia Vernarelli and ESB at the Pyramid Gallery. The three close friends were called "Chelsea Girls" by Edwin Denby. Foreground: DeMott, ESB (pregnant with her son Jacob), and Vernarelli.
Avant-garde composer and musician Alvin Curran has written about his meeting with artist, writer, and critic Edith Schloss Burckhardt during his first years in Rome:
"In that same settling-in period I met Edith Schloss, an Offenbach-born New York painter just divorced from photographer-painter Rudy Burckhardt. She arrived on a cloud of combustible materials which included the entire New York Abstract Expressionist movement, the Cedar Bar, Art News, MOMA, the Art Students League and Balanchine Stravinsky the Carters Edwin Denby de Kooning Twombly Feldman Cage Brown Rothko Cunningham Pollack her beloved Morandi and of course 'Piero' (della Francesca)..."
The Edith Schloss Burckhardt Archive offers an extraordinary opportunity for research into multiple areas of scholarship, especially unique insight into the lives and experiences of women in the art world, an American artist's expat life in Rome from the 1960s-2010s, the New York School of painters and poets, and a particularly rich and far-reaching vein of the avant-garde and experimental music world, to name a few.
The prospectus offering the archive may be viewed here.
Coming soon: The Book of Glyphs by Edward Sanders.
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