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Exhibición William S. Burroughs – The Seven Deadly Sins

William S. Burroughs holding a 12 gauge shotgun in front of the panels

William S. Burroughs (1914 – 1997) was a novelist, poet, and American essayist and a key figure in the "Beat Generation". It is considered one of the artists' most incisive from the political point of view, a huge cultural influence and the most innovative of the 20th century ". He wrote 18 novels and "new novels", six collections of short stories and four collections of essays, also working on several recordings with performers and musicians. He made several appearances in films, was a commentator on the art world and was himself the author of famous woodblock prints folio entitled Seven Deadly Sins (The Seven Deadly Sins), composed of his own prose-poetry and original wood engravings. Thus Burroughs participated in the grand tradition of visual and literary livres d'artistes to which contributed many great modern artists such as Picasso, Dali, Miro and Chagall over their lives.

In 1983 Burroughs fue elegido para integrar la American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters y en 1984 was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters in France. Jack Kerouac, Burroughs called "the greatest satirist since Jonathan Swift", reputation owes its "subversion of life" to the moral systems, political and economic aspects of modern American society, articulated with a cynical black humor.

The Burroughs wit it apart of other causes belonging to the Beat movement celebrated. If we consider music Dylan, Ginsberg in poetry, a Hunter S. Thompson and Kerouac in journalism in the misfortunes, we perceive in each of them a large dose of "Spirit Romance". These great artists, alienated from their society torn apart by racism and the Vietnam War, expressed each of them, of one or another form, something we call the sublime fervent. These rhythms incorporating the ardor of the "Romantic Hero", exile in art, natural law and truth, but alienated from society by the "heart". However, Burroughs seems to have been a mental rebel.

And while Dylan-as well as any of them- was clearly able to avert the cynicism and irony, Unlike Burroughs, as a prophet of the Old Testament, classicism which is similar to Napoleon: brief, unequivocal, racy and wild. While the New Testament presents the figure of Jesus - the main Hero Romantic Love; is in the Old Testament where we find the strong consensus of "the wrath against sinners". Although Burroughs was a profound humanist, tone and critical view throughout his life closer to the figure of Jehovah to Christ.

Viewed this way, Burroughs is not surprising that I have chosen to illustrate and write about one of the themes of Judeo-Christianity that generates more unease - the "Seven Deadly Sins". Himself a troubled addict / genius / accidental murderer, Burroughs, as Jehovah, focuses on what not to do. The guilt that results from all of us have committed some, many or all of the Seven Deadly Sins, aligns us with the stubborn refusal to deviate from Burroughs "confession" that he and society-and therefore we- we are corrupt. Unlike Dylan, Burroughs is not known for suggesting an alternative path to salvation. Even when faced with their own "gay hell", Burroughs rises from denial to self-realization sordid and entrenched. The darkness of Burroughs is so irreproachable as the Torah, yet he, like this- rarely offers a lightweight solution.

In fact, Seven Deadly Sins of Burroughs are subtly represented in certain panels, but are above all concise and unavoidable. While the Romantic believed to improve for sometime “erase the sin”, The Classicist cree in law and order as ways to discipline the human perversity that will accompany the species forever.

Viewed this way, Burroughs se transforma en Job: is willing to accept the destiny of man and understands that he's shared his punishment, but wonders why the surrounding society is worse; like Job begs the Lord to unleash their anger against those individuals (and by extension, societies) that they are certainly worse than it. For Job, "Worst" = “Gentiles "evil and Jews leavers, while for Burroughs, “worse” = The White House, Congress, Corporate America, etc..

This legendary paradigm, in which the true poet accepts his own shortcomings, still on paper while also forces the poet to be angry with the world around him: a world unable to progress through their confessions (generational) to virtue and improvement in the long run. The poet lives a single life, so this may end more courageous than in her previous sins caused. But society must undergo new generations, again and again, so the wisdom of parents can not be inherited, but only learned by re likely heirs to sin. For this reason, the poet often speaks with the voice of someone "better than", but this is just the tone of an individual critic who is aware of Ideal after years of sin and error, while society speaks falsely, as if currently taking the road to perfection with a view to a higher final, so we can all just as atestiguar cierto. Even referring to the "natives", original tribes and harmless survivors, as examples of innocent individuals without the masks of civilization. But Burroughs remind us that war can not divine tribal.

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¿Were the sins of my youth? What have I done to You, you do that everything that terrifies me, anything that scares me, a reality? Let the wicked prosper - let your kids like deer Frolic, while my loves are dead or dying, or not even approach me.

“Job’s Sad Song” Joni Mitchell,
Turbulent Indigo

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Limited Edition Prints – “The Seven Deadly Sins” de William S. Burroughs

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Information Display

Opening: Tuesday 6 March, 2012
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10-20 hs., Viernes a Domingo 10-17 hs.
The Bohemian Gallery & Museum of Contemporary Art – Lieja 6416 &. Divina Comedia

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One Comment

    18 March, 2012

    […] the 1980′s and 1990′s, and Burroughs’ shotgun art of 1986/87 going on display at Uruguay’s Bohemian Gallery & Museum of Contemporary Art, there’s always room for a retrospective. Blasting cans of spray paint in front of canvases […]

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