Cut-Ups: William S. Burroughs 1914 – 2014

NYC's Boo-Hooray gallery debuts a centenary exhibition dedicated to the unconventional technique

In October 1959, artist Brion Gysin sliced through a pile of newspapers that were scattered atop his desk. Taken by their presentation, he began to rearrange the clippings and connect passages in the way he found most humorous. Little did he know, this act would inspire colleague William Burroughs to make famous an entirely new artistic technique known as cut-ups—the act of creating new assemblings …