Collection ID:
Kerr, Leslie William, 1934-1992
Physical Description:
0.2 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
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.).

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1994 and 1996 by Mary Kerr, widow of Les Kerr.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Conditions Governing Access
PUBLICATION RESTRICTION for video "The Beach." written permission required.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
The Beach: San Francisco's North Beach, 1950s Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Beat generation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
North Beach (San Francisco, Calif.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Video recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- California -- San Francisco Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kerr, Mary, 1937- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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