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Burt Shonberg is one of the best-kept secrets in the art world.

But his art, having only ever been exhibited once before in a solo exhibition in Los Angeles in 1967, is about to be re-introduced to the world some 50 years later by historian, curator, and longtime Shonberg advocate Brian Chidester at the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick in Cleveland Ohio.  The exhibition opens on August 17, 2021, and will be accompanied by the first-ever catalog of Shonberg’s works.

Brian says..  “..Shonberg was too strange for even the ’60s California sci-fi world, and too far removed from the fine art establishment, to be embraced by either. Even today, when radical viewpoints are commonplace in the art world, Shonberg has yet to receive recognition. Meanwhile, a unique body of work remains hidden in plain sight.”

Have a look at some of the works in the exhibition and a selection of other works by the artist.

The catalog will be available through the Buckland Museum upon the exhibition’s opening, which runs from August 17th – November 1st, 2021.

More info: bucklandmuseum.org

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#1 A 1954 Watercolor Made By Burt Shonberg When The Artist Was 21 Years Old. Curator Brian Chidester Has Referred To This Work As The Artist’s Earliest Known Masterpiece

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#2 Burt Shonberg Title Unknown 1960 Casein On Panel

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#3 Burt Shonberg Painting, No Date

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#4 Exterior Of Cafe Frankenstein By Burt Shonberg, Laguna Beach California Exterior Of Cafe Frankenstein, Photograph By Doris I. Walker May 1961

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#5 Burt Shonberg “Mars The God Of War” 1964

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#6 Burt Shonberg Title Unknown Circa 1958 – 1960 Casein On Panel 32 X 50 Inches. This Is Most Likely A Portrait Of Shonberg’s Partner At The Time The Well Known Artist And Occultist Marjorie Cameron

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#7 Burt Shonberg Painting Date Unknown (Illegible, Possibly 1965)

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#8 Burt Shonberg “Edith” 1958 Casein On Panel 48 X 48 Inches

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#9 Burt Shonberg Drawing Made For Gamma Magazine Vol 1 No 2 1963

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#10 Burt Shonberg “Earth Child” 1961

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#11 Painting By Burt Shonberg From The Collection Of Ringo Starr

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#12 Painting By Burt Shonberg From The Collection Of Ringo Starr

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#13 Front And Back Cover Of “Out Here” Album By Love By Burt Shonberg

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#14 Burt Shonberg’s Art On The Covers Of Spirit’s Album “Spirit Of ’76”

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#15 Burt Shonberg Title Unknown Circa 1958 – 1960 Casein On Panel 20 X 16 Inches. While This Painting Is Dated 3 – 4 – 59 And Predates His Participation In The Lsd Experiments With Dr. Oscar Janiger, It Bears A Striking Affinity To Works Known To Have Been Produced At The Time

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#16 Burt Shonberg Drawing Made For Gamma Magazine Vol 1 No 2 1963

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#17 Burt Shonberg Drawing Made For Gamma Magazine Vol 1 No 2 1963

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#18 Burt Shonberg Drawing Made For Gamma Magazine Vol 1 No 2 1963

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#19 Burt Shonberg Drawing Made For Gamma Magazine Vol 1 No 2 1963

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#20 Burt Shonberg Painting Commissioned By Esteemed Director Roger Corman For The Film “The House Of Usher” 1960 Staring Vincent Price

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#21 Burt Shonberg Painting Commissioned By Esteemed Director Roger Corman For The Film “The House Of Usher” 1960 Staring Vincent Price

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#22 Burt Shonberg Painting Commissioned By Esteemed Director Roger Corman For The Film “The House Of Usher” 1960 Staring Vincent Price

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#23 Burt Shonberg Painting Commissioned By Esteemed Director Roger Corman For The Film “The House Of Usher” 1960 Staring Vincent Price

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#24 Burt Shonberg Painting Commissioned By Esteemed Director Roger Corman For The Film “The House Of Usher” 1960 Staring Vincent Price

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#25 Drawing By Burt Shonberg Used For Their 1988 Release

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#26 Drawing By Burt Shonberg From The Collection Of Ringo Starr

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#27 Close Up Of Painting Made By Burt Shonberg For The Roger Corman Film “The Premature Burial” 1962.. Painting Is Never Shown In It’s Entirety In The Film, Only Through A Close Up And A Masterful Pan

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#28 Burt Shonberg Painting Circa 1965

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#29 Burt Shonberg, Vincent Price And Roger Corman On The Set Of “The Fall Of The House Of Usher” 1960

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#30 Burt Shonberg’s Art In The Film “The Fall Of The House Of Usher” Staring Vincent Price 1960

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#31 Burt Shonberg “Untitled (Seated Figure)” 1961 Casein On Panel 38 X 38 Inches

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#32 Burt Shonberg “Have No Fear, My Dear Mr. Ackerman. After All, We Are In Actuality Only Pen And Ink—Aren’t We?” 1957 Ink On Paper 8.75 X 18.75 In

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