Born: August 6, 1923, Long Beach, California, United States
Died: January 2, 2004, San Francisco, California, United States
Known for: Visual arts
Artwork: Narkissos, The Mouse's Tale, Paste-Ups by Jess, Fig. 4 -- Far And Few...: Translation #15, Ex. 4-Trinity's Trine
Education: California Institute of Technology
San Francisco Art Institute
Robert Duncan was an American poet and a devotee of H.D. and the Western esoteric tradition who spent most of his career in and around San Francisco. Ending his relationship with Jerry Ackerman, Duncan wondered if he would ever find a stable domestic situation. Then, one of the audience members at a 1949 reading of The Venice Poem in Berkeley was a painter and literature enthusiast, Jess Collins. They began a collaboration and partnership that lasted until Duncan's death. In 1952, in San Francisco, Jess, with Duncan and painter Harry Jacobus, opened the King Ubu Gallery, which became an important venue for alternative art and which remained so when, in 1954, poet Jack Spicer reopened the space as the Six Gallery. Many of Duncan's poems--such as These Past Years: Passages 10--celebrate his love for Jess Collins. From January 14 to March 29, 2014, New York University’s Grey Art Gallery presented the first overview to highlight their rich artistic production alongside works by their remarkable circle of friends: An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle.
Together from 1949 to 1988: 39 years.
Jess Collins (August 6, 1923 - January 2, 2004)
Robert Duncan (January 7, 1919 – February 3, 1988)
Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
Release Date: September 21, 2014
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