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Philip Taaffe (American, b.1955)
LOT ID: 73936
PEDE-O-RAMA (Collaboration with William S. Burroughs), 1987

Mixed Media, Ink on Paper in Four Sections
18 х 96 in. (45.72 x 243.84 cm.)
Signed, on the front of the first panel "Philip Taaffe," and on the front of fourth panel "William S. Burroughs." Each panel signed verso "PEDE-O-RAMA 2-1-87 Lawrence, Kansas"
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Artwork measures 18 x 96 inches (45.7 x 243.8 cm). Each of the four individual sheets measures 18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61 cm).

A rare and unique collaboration between renowned painter Philip Taaffe and legendary writer/artist/performer William S. Burroughs, “PEDE-O-RAMA” (1987) illustrates the visual and conceptual intersection of two provocative periods in American art and culture-- the Beat Generation of artists and writers and the East Village artist community of the 1980's. Depicting a centipede, "PEDE-O-RAMA" combines Taeffe's delicate, abstract iconography with Burroughs’s edgy grit.

Contemporary abstract painter Philip Taaffe (American, b. 1955) attended the Cooper Union in New York, before traveling widely in Asia, the Middle East, South America, and Europe. Working towards what the artist has described as a global language of abstraction, Taeffe's paintings employ elements from different cultures to unpack the history of form. Since the 1980s, Taeffe has had solo exhibitions at Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY; Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY; Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA; and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France, among many others. In 2007, a retrospective of his paintings entitled “The Life of Forms” opened at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany. Taeffe lives and works in New York.

Selected Public Collections:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna, Austria
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) was an American writer, painter, and spoken word performer. One of the most influential cultural figures of the last century, Burroughs helped define the Beat generation as well as postmodern literature. Burroughs's artworks share many traits with his literary works, examining the unconscious by abandoning linear narratives and embracing chance. During his lifetime, Burroughs collaborated with some of the most important artists of the twentieth century, including Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, and George Condo.
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PEDE-O-RAMA (Collaboration with William S. Burroughs) by Philip Taaffe
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  • PEDE-O-RAMA (Collaboration with William S. Burroughs) by Philip Taaffe
  • PEDE-O-RAMA (Collaboration with William S. Burroughs) by Philip Taaffe
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