Outlaw Bible of American Art
reading and discussion with Alan Kaufman
The Outlaw Bible of American Art is a 700-page revolutionary art world shocker: a Who’s Who alternative canon of marginalized or famed audodidactic paint-slinging loners who followed their own outrageous, sometimes catastrophic visions to the heights of fame or the depths of Hell.
Documenting movements from the post-war to the present, this anthological barbaric yawp contains manifestos, essays, interviews and biographies from some of the most cutting edge American art writers plus hundreds of full color and black and white images and rare photos. The Outlaw Bible of American Art brings together everything from NO! artists, Blackstract Expressionists, Beats and Beckettian Distortionists to Dystopic Futuristic Pranksters, Subcultural Gonzo Anthropologists and Self-Mutilating Visionary Unigenderists in a rollicking visually gorgeous celebration of the reclaimed no-holds-barred spirit of American Art.
Includes Boris Lurie, Forrest Bess, Gertrude Stein, Tom Wolfe, Dash Snow, Carlo McCormick, Annie Sprinkle, John Yau, Allen Ginsberg, R. Crumb, Claes Oldenberg, Thomas Nozkowski, Richard Kern, Joe Coleman, Molly Crabapple, David Choe, Robert Williams, Nick Zedd, David Wojnarowicz and hundreds more.
Alan Kaufman’s books include the bestselling The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible of American Literature (co-edited with Barney Rosset), The Outlaw Bible of American Essays, the memoirs Drunken Angel and Jew Boy and the novel, Matches. A visual artist, art critic and former graduate-level art history lecturer in the MFA program of San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, he is the founder and Dean of The Free University of San Francisco. Kaufman has been profiled in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, CBS, ABC, NPR, and many more.