Written, Drawn and Stapled
The Atrium Gallery, GSA

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167 Renfrew Street Glasgow G3 6RQ Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, Sunday closed Free admission to gallery


11 Feb 2011 - 3 Mar 2011
Fri - Thu, 10:30 - 16:30



Written, Drawn and Stapled
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Written, Drawn and Stapled

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Written, Drawn and Stapled

'Written, Drawn, and Stapled' was an exhibition of over a hundred American poetry books and periodicals covering the period 1965-75, taken from the collections of John Janssen and Les Coleman.

This post-Beat second wave of poets who congregated in New York City's Lower East Side is known as the Mimeo Revolution - referring to the printing method employed in the making of these cheaply produced publications and where the poets themselves acted as publishers. This close knit community of writers, including John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Ted Berrigan, Larry Fagin, Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard, Anne Waldman, Aram Saroyan, Bernadette Mayer et al involved themselves in numerous creative collaborations and games. They also engaged artist friends of the time to provide cover images.

Amongst the books on display, were covers by Philip Guston, Larry Rivers, Helen Frankenthaler, Ed Ruscha, Alex Katz, Jim Dine, James Rosenquist, and artist/illustrator Joe Brainard. In addition, there are numerous examples of cover artwork by George Schneeman who built his career around his collaborations with poets. Occasionally, these would be jointly published by artist and author.

An illustrated catalogue 'Written, Drawn, and Stapled' is available to be purchased from the Exhibitions Department.

As part of this event David Bellingham and collectors John Janssen and Les Coleman participated in a talk on Thurs 10 Feb in the Atrium Gallery.