December and January in London – and William S. Burroughs and his Beat Hotel partner Brion Gysin are all over the capital’s art scene.
The Royal Academy of Arts (yes, the Royal Academy) presents Burroughs Live, a series of films, portraits, collaborations, and performances placing Burroughs as a central figure in late-20th century art. 8th December – 19th January 2009.
Soho’s The Riflemaker Gallery exhibition Life-File is a collection of Burroughs’ automatic calligraphic paintings and file folders. Some of the paintings are almost Max Ernst-like in their decalcomaniacal execution. 15th December – 10th January 2009.
To coincide with the above, Brion Gysin’s Calligrafiti of Fire is at The October Gallery from 11th December 2008 – 7th February 2009. A rare chance to see one of Gysin’s larger works.