The artist Burt Shonberg (left), with his paintings and the actor Vincent Price (center), and production designer Daniel Haller (right) on the set of the Roger Corman-directed movie The House of Usher, circa 1960. Photo courtesy of Stephen Romano Gallery
BURT SHONBERG EXHIBITION, OHIO

A LONG-OVERDUE SURVEY OF UNUSUAL

ART FUELED BY THE OCCULT, THE MYTHOLOGICAL, THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL, AND THE PSYCHEDELIC

The exhibition Beyond The Pleasure Dome: The Lost Occult World of Burt Shonberg is currently on view at the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick in Cleveland, Ohio, through November 1, 2021. It’s the first solo survey of the work of the Los Angeles-based, visionary artist Burt Shonberg (1933-1977) to be presented in more than 50 years and, in fact, only the second such exhibition ever. Curious about how this exhibition came about, Sarah Fensom, brutjournal’s U.S.A. West Coast bureau chief, recently caught up with its organizers, as well as with some interesting individuals who knew or who had worked with Shonberg during his lifetime.

by Sarah Fensom

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