"This is no mere catalog. It's a masterful recognition of two leading lights within the American mystical art movement
."—Phantasmaphile"An Opening of the Field is earnest and old fashioned (in the best sense)."
"This informative, amply illustrated, and well-researched book documents the decades-long influence of the artist Jess Collins (now known as Jess) and his partner in art and life, poet and artist Robert Duncan."
—International Association of Art Critics
"An excellent catalog
."—The New York Review of Books.
Michael Duncan, an independent curator and corresponding editor for Art in America, also edited Jess: O! Tricky Cad and Other Jessoterica (Los Angeles: Siglio Press, 2012), a survey of Jess's collages, poems, and other works.
Christopher Wagstaff has curated several exhibitions featuring the work of Robert Duncan. As a long-time friend of Jess and Robert Duncan, he offers a unique, intimate perspective on the artists' work and lives.
The book includes essays on the artists and poets in Jess and Duncan's circle: Helen Adam, Virginia Admiral, Paul Alexander, Wallace Berman, Ronald Bladen, Jack Boyce, Lyn Brown Brockway, James Broughton, Edward Corbett, Ernesto Edwards, Norris Embry, Lilly Fenichel, Tom Field, Llyn Foulkes, Nemi Frost, Madeline Gleason, George Herms, Fran Herndon, Miriam Hoffman, Harry Jacobus, Lawrence Jordan, Patricia Jordan, Pauline Kael, R. B. Kitaj, William McNeill, Eloise Turner Mixon, Philip Roeber, and Robert Dean Stockwell.