WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: L'ARTE NAGUAL (NAGUAL ART) - INSCRIBED BY BURROUGHS TO DAVID HOCKNEY
Place Published: Rome
Publisher: Cleto Polcina
Date Published: 1989
Edition: First Edition
Book Id: 283
First Printing, one of 1500 copies. Square quarto; printed wrappers; pp; illus; text is in Italian and English. Inscribed by Burroughs following the introduction: "To David Hockney, Light use could precipitate the Stendhal-Syndrome / William S. Burroughs / July 22, 1989 / Naropa." Single closed tear at right edge of front wrapper, else Near Fine.
Italian exhibition catalog for a collection of Burroughs's shotgun art and collages from the October and Tony Shafrazi Galleries, highlighting 15 pieces. In his essay within the catalog, Burroughs explains that the title is derived from a concept found within the Carlos Castaneda books, where Don Juan makes a distinction between the "tonal" universe and the "nagual." The "nagual" is the unknown, the unpredictable, the uncontrollable. Burroughs's artwork, but like his writing, reflects that unpredictable and uncontrollable style, using his rifle as a medium to transform his paintings. The present copy was inscribed on the occasion of Hockney's lecture at the Naropa Institute, titled "Art Now - A Day of Contemporary Art" on 22 July, 1989. An uncommon Burroughs item, with a superb association between two prominent and influential artists.