<strong>William S. Burroughs<strong>, <em>Warhol, A Portrait in TV Dots...</em>, 1992. Spray paint on paper, 54 x 50 cm.<strong>William S. Burroughs</strong>, <em>Ten Gauge City</em> (detail), 1988. <br>House paint on wood panel with gunshot holes in a plexi-glass case, 102 x 46 x 18 cm.Photo © James Grauerholz

as seen at Frieze 2020

24 June - 11 July 2020
William S. Burroughs, Untitled, 1992. Ink and spray paint on file folder, 30 x 48 cm.
William S. Burroughs, Untitled, 1992. Ink and spray paint on file folder, 30 x 48 cm.
October Gallery exhibited the work of William S. Burroughs in Frieze’s virtual viewing room in May 2020. This exhibition will present selected works from the viewing room in the physical gallery space.

Burroughs practised visual art throughout his life, for decades he produced photographs, collages and film, then in his later years he became a prolific painter.

Burroughs thought in images and symbols, this is visible in both his writing and paintings. He was influenced by process art, recombinant art, and incorporating text into paintings.

Born in 1914 in St. Louis, Missouri, William S. Burroughs was a cultural innovator, writer and artist. In 1981, Burroughs moved from New York City to Lawrence, Kansas. From 1987 onward, he prolifically created visual art including painting and shotgun pieces.

Burroughs' work has been exhibited in over fifty galleries and museums including the Royal Academy of Arts, the Centre Pompidou, the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

October Gallery is committed to making your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible. In accordance with government regulations, we are implementing a number of changes in the Gallery to make sure social distancing and safe practices are in place. Hand sanitiser is available at the Gallery. We would also like to inform you that all works have been installed with significant space between them so that they can be safely viewed by all visitors.