Now Available From Kala: Lawrence Ferlinghetti “Out of Chaos” A poem in three lithographs

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Out of Chaos

A poem in three lithographs

Limited Edition of 30 Portfolio Suites

Out of Chaos is a five page, three-lithograph portfolio suite that includes three original, hand-printed black & white lithographs, 15” x 22,” a cover page with poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and colophon page all printed on Rives BFK paper. All original artwork drawn by Lawrence Ferlinghetti on litho stones and printed by hand at Kala Art Institute by Wendyn Cadden. Cover page and colophon hand printed on letterpress. Portfolio designed and constructed by John DeMerritt Bookbinding.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a poet, painter, printmaker, and activist. He co-founded City Lights Bookstore in 1953, and two years later launched City Lights Publishing. Ferlinghetti’s publication, in 1956, of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl & Other Poems led to his arrest on an obscenity charge. His trial, and ultimate acquittal, drew national attention to the Beat movement writers. This landmark First Amendment case established a key legal precedent for the publication of other controversial literary work with redeeming social importance. Ferlinghetti is the author of poetry, plays, fiction, art criticism and his A Coney Island State of the Mind continues to be the most popular poetry book in the United States.
Ferlinghetti began painting in 1953 and his work has been shown in galleries around the world. He has been associated with European Fluxus art, with shows in Verona and Florence curated by Francesco Conz. Solo exhibitions in the United States include shows at the Whitney Museum in New York, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York, the Molly Barnes Gallery in Santa Monica, Dominican University in San Rafael, William Turner Gallery in Venice California, Kleinert James Gallery in Woodstock New York, the San Jose Museum of Art and the George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco. The Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco both recently acquired Ferlinghetti works for their permanent collection.

Kala Art Institute, founded in 1974 by Archana Horsting and Yuzo Nakano, provides professional studio facilities to artists working in all forms of printmaking, photography, book arts, installation and digital media. Emerging and established artists have the opportunity to use Kala’s facilities to develop and exhibit new and experimental artwork. The Institute serves as a meeting ground where artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of the world can work together and exchange ideas. Kala encourages artists to explore the untapped possibilities of combining old and new techniques by offering access to traditional and digital image-making equipment. Kala’s public programs include gallery exhibitions, custom printing, art sales, open enrollment classes and workshops, facilities rental, special events and youth art programs.
Andrea Voinot, Kala Art Sales Manager or Archana Horsting, Executive Director
510-841-7000, ext. 206 510-549-7000, ext. 301

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