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Raul Guerrero: “Beatniks”

Photographs, Paintings, Drawings

1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
February 16 – March 23, 2013 / Opening Reception: February 22 / 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Artists: Raul Guerrero, Ed Ruscha

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is showcasing some of Raul Guerrero’s most recent artworks, Still Life with Beatnik Poster and the drawing that inspried that painting, along with photographs by Ed Ruscha from his book On the Road. Raúl Guerrero is a long time friend with Edward Ruscha and this is their first art exhibition together. The two of them and Larry Bell, are part of the most representative California artists from the 60’s.

Raul Guerrero, renowned San Diego artist and longtime friend of the Athenaeum, will exhibit paintings and drawings inspired by the Beat movement of the 1950s. The term ‘Beat Generation’ was coined by Jack Kerouac as “a kind of furtiveness… Like we were a generation of furtives. You know, with an inner beat… and a weariness with all the forms, all the conventions of the world… So I guess you might say we’re a ‘Beat Generation’”.

Of “Still Life with Beatnik Poster,” Guerrero remarks, “This collage/painting was created in the same spirit of improvisation and chance found in Beat poetry, writing and jazz riffs of the 50’s, listening to Thelonius Monk. This creative approach echoes the stylistic structure of chance and thought found in Kerouac’s novel On The Road, a literary chronicle of chance encounters while on the road.”

Guerrero graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles in 1970, BFA. He held his first one person exhibition at the Cirrus Gallery in 1974, which was followed by exhibitions in San Francisco, Santa Fe, New York, Madrid and Tokyo to name a few. Significant among these were a retrospective survey of his artwork at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 1998. Raul has been a Lecturer for the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego for the last nine years where he teaches oil painting and drawing.

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Left Image: Raul Guerrero, Still Life with Beatnik Poster, 2012, oil on linen, 102 x 40 inches