An Opening of the Field
Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle by Michael Duncan and Christopher Wagstaff

An opening of the Field presents a rich cross-section of Jess's paintings and collages and Duncan's colorful abstract drawings, as well as a gallery of works by the artists and poets who were intimates in their circle, including Helen Adam, James Broughton, Patricia Jordan, R.B. Kitaj, Michale McClure, Jack Spicer, Dean Stockwell, and many others.

Essays by Michael Duncan and Christopher Wagstaff examine the artists/ lives and works; William Breazeale interprets the complexity of a major Jess collage; and James Maynard offers a synopsis of the poetry scene of the time. Concise biographies are included for each of the artists and poets featured in the "circle."

Hardcover, 288 pages, published by Pomegranate Communications, Inc.

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