The book features eighty paintings and drawings, most of which unpublished, which shed a completely new light on the artistic activities of the father of the Beat Generation.
A special focus is given to analysing his labyrinthic creative process and his relationships with traditional American visual culture, and with other Beat movement authors, from Allen Ginsberg to William Burroughs and the masters of Art Informel and the New York School with whom Kerouac started hanging out in the latter half of the 1950s. The book also explores Kerouac’s relationship with Italy through a selection of photographs taken by Robert Frank, Ettore Sottsass and his wife Fernanda Pivano, Allen Ginsberg and Kerouac, and is lent even greater depth by a new project on Kerouac by Peter Greenaway. • The book takes a comprehensive look at Kerouac’s paintings. • A unique opportunity to admire Kerouac’s works which until now had only been exhibited in select museums. • Considered one of the founders of the Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac represented the literary and artistic movement that began to first shake up and scandalise the values of American society towards the end of the 1940s and then in Europe where his works spread quickly and were translated almost immediately. Sandrina Bandera was superintendent of Milan and director of Brera Museum. She is president of Ma*Ga Fondazione Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea. Alessandro Castiglioni is an art historian and curator. Emma Zanella is director of Ma*Ga.