Artwork from 'Shotgun' Series

by William Burroughs
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Period 1980 to 1989
Product Code ‌0016-00025


William Burroughs, Untitled (Shotgun Art), 1987-97William Burroughs created this extroadinary piece of original artwork by taking a criminal fingerprint card from the 1940s and blasting it with his shotgun, before stamping and signing it on the reverse. The fingerprint card strikingly evokes both bodily contact and criminality, to which Burroughs added an act of violence. In the later years of his life, Burroughs developed what he termed "shotgun art," a means of creating work by shooting objects and paintings. The practice was undoubtedly inspired by the killing of his wife in a bizarre and tragic accident, while Burroughs was trying to shoot a glass from her head. 

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