Pure Genius
The Painting and Drawing of Peter Schwarzburg

Pure Genuis: The Works of Peter Schwarzburg is an exhibition of paintings and drawings executed from 1958 to 2000 by the late Peter Schwarzburg. Schwarzburg's span of extraordinary works include richly colored landscapes, whimsical archetypes, portraits, self-portraits, mythological and other figurative images, many emanating from his recorded dream sequences, a rich personal psyche, and noting his innermost thoughts in a "stream of consciousness style" a form of writing made famous by "the Beats", many of whom were his colleagues and friends, such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. Interestingly, Schwarzburg created covers for Beat publications such as the famous Yugen , previously exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art. Peter Schwarzburg's paintings came out of a thoroughly comprehensive understanding of art history in the western world, and from his passion for literature, music, and film. Gallery affiliations in the 1950s and 60s included the Tannenbaum Gallery, where he was a young American artist showing with well-recognized modern European masters Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, André Derain and Emil Nold; and World House Galleries, designed by the leading Surrealist architect, Frederick Kiesler.