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William S. Burroughs

Lust, from the portfolio The Seven Deadly Sins


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  • Artist William S. Burroughs (American, 1914–1997)
  • Title Lust, from the portfolio The Seven Deadly Sins
  • Date 1991
  • Medium Screenprint
  • Edition description 29/90
  • Dimensions unframed |
    framed | 46 7/8 x 32 7/8 x 2 in.
  • Credit line University purchase, Art Acquisition Fund, 1995
  • Object number WU 1995.16.05 b

Shearburn Fine Art, William

Inscription Textual component: The red whip of Lust — King Edward II howls and / squeals as his minion rams him — "Oh Gaston, you’re / killing me!“ — transforms to the black whip of Anger — / the red-hot iron phallus named "Gaston“, skin / blackening around the King’s quivering rectum, reek of / boiling shit and sizzling flesh . . . with sweet, reluctant, / amorous, delay. // Every whip snaps into every other. Purple Pride / can watch the Dance of the Flayed Man with civil leer, / punctuated by delirious delightful delovely bits of / Dream Cake. Look at this switchboard, plugged into / millions of rocks and assholes, lips and tits, it blares out / a blowtorch crescendo.

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