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Jess, Robert Duncan: a collaboration both romantic and artistic
Jess, Robert Duncan: a collaboration both romantic and artistic

It was a romance that fueled an intense artistic collaboration. The relationship between Robert Duncan and Jess Collins, simply known as Jess, was the envy of many friends, straight and gay alike. But it was the men's influence on each other's work — the esoteric Beat poetry of Duncan, the collages (or "paste-ups") of Jess — that came to define their union after their deaths. That influence is examined in detail for the first time in a new exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, "An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle." Jess and Duncan met in San Francisco in the early 1950s. Duncan was influenced by Ezra...

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