Lot Details

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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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Tears / Holes
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Notes: minor tear at the extreme center left on panel 1 and exteme right center of panel 4.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Private Collection, New York
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 18 x 96 in. (45.72 x 243.84 cm.)
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