Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1996. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.
"If Burroughs repeatedly insisted that word is virus, it should be recalled that he also repeatedly declared 'Word begets image and image is virus.' 'You can’t beat it,' he wrote in The Third Mind, 'Image is real. Virus is real. There is nothing but virus.' And in the campaign against viruses, at least those viruses having to do with communication and other systems of controlling the mind, the only antidote to the muttering, singing, and talking sickness is the 'Silent Sickness,' to simply shut the system down and opt for utter silence" (from LACMA senior curator Robert Sobieszek's commentary). Exhibition catalog, published in conjunction with a show held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1996, of the visual work of Beat legend William S. Burroughs. This comprehensive survey is illustrated with over 100 color and black-and-white plates and reproductions of Burroughs's works, including his early photo collages, scrapbooks, and collaborations with friend and creative partner Brion Gysin on photomontage "cut-ups" from the 1960s and 70s, as well as his later "shotgun art" and abstract paintings. OIn his text, curator Sobieszek emphasizes Burroughs's influence on the contemporary artistic landscape, advertising, and popular culture. With a checklist of the exhibition, bibliography, filography, and discography. Minute rubbing to extremities, else fine. Item #2416