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Thirty-five letters and four postcards from Kauffman to Lisa Adams written during the years Kauffman lived in Southeast Asia. Included are letters from the Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.
Craig Kauffman letters to Lisa Adams, 1986-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Lisa Adams is a painter and instructor at UCLA and Santa Monica College. Kauffman a contemporary, abstract expressionist, finish-fetish and light and space artist, an associate professor at the University of California Berkeley and Irvine, and an instructor at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Adams and Kauffman met in Los Angeles in 1981 and then lived in N.Y. until 1984. Kauffman was one of the original members of the legendary Ferus Gallery group. His connection with Beat era ideas led to a long-time study of Zen, Eastern philosophy, and residence in Southeast Asia.
Donated 1998 by Lisa Adams.
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
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