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Kerr, Leslie William, 1934-1992  Search this
Kerr, Mary  Search this
Video recordings
North Beach (San Francisco, Calif.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
PUBLICATION RESTRICTION for video "The Beach." written permission required.
Biographical material, photographs of Kerr, (1957-1969); correspondence (1961); list of artwork (1959-1992); exhibition announcements (1958-1984); clippings (1955-1984); slides of artwork; photocopies from exhibition catalogs (1960-1984); and a video, "The Beach : San Francisco's North Beach, 1950s" directed and produced by Kerr's wife, Mary, c1995 (1 hr.).
Les Kerr papers, 1955-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Painter; San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York; b. 1934, d. 1992. Les Kerr was an artist active in New York, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area in the 1950s and 1960s. Formally trained as an painter at UCLA, he studied under William Brice and John Paul Jones in the 1950s. His oeuvre included small sculptures and mixed media boxes, however, Kerr referred to himself as an "abstract" painter mainly within the Beat circle, principally in the North Beach area of San Francisco. Despite the fact that Kerr did not actively exhibit within the mainstream galleries, he did exhibit extensively with the Syndall Gallery, Dilexi Galleries (Los Angeles and San Francisco), and the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles, mostly noted for showing the works of Beat and assemblage artists such as Ed Moses and Craig Kauffman.
Language Note:
Undetermined .
Donated 1994 and 1996 by Mary Kerr, widow of Les Kerr.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
The Beach: San Francisco's North Beach, 1950s  Search this
Beat generation  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art