WALLACE BERMAN, Collaged Mailer, 1960, Collage on paper, 4 x 6 in.

WALLACE BERMAN, Collaged Mailer, 1966, Collage on paper, 10 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.

ROBERT BRANAMAN, 6 Nudes + Psychedelic Head, 1964, Oil on board, 30 x 24 in.

CHARLES BRITTIN, Portrait of Wallace Berman, c. 1957-1960, Print, 7 1/2 x 9 in.

JOAN BROWN, Things in Vat, 1959, Oil on canvas, 72 x 72 in.

JERRY BURCHARD, Bruce Conner, c. 1958-1960/2008, Archival digital print, 16 x 15 3/4 in.

JERRY BURCHARD, Jay DeFeo with "The Jewel" and Ladder, c. 1958-1960/2008, Archival digital print, 16 x 15 3/4 in.

JERRY BURCHARD, Joan Brown Dancing to the Studio 13 Jass Band, c. 1958-1960/2008, Archival digital print, 16 x 15 3/4 in.

JEAN CONNER, (ARE YOU A SPRINGMAID), 1960, Paper collage, 10 1/8 x 8 in.

BRUCE CONNER, FLOATING HEAD, 1958-59, Mixed media and epoxy on board, 7 x 17 in., @ 2017 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco/Artists Rights Society (ARS). Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

BRUCE CONNER, MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, 1960, Charcoal on paper, 32 1/2 x 26 in.

Jean Conner, (ARE YOU A SPRINGMAID), 960, Paper collage, 10 1/2 x 8 in.

BRUCE CONNER, UNTITLED (DO NOT REMOVE), 1960, Plastic pouch, ribbon with tape, embossed paper, postage stamps [verso and recto], feathers, shells and mylar, 22 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 1/2 in., @ 2017 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco/Artists Rights Society (ARS). Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

JAY DEFEO, Untitled (Berkeley), 1953, Tempera and acrylic on paper, 28 1/4 x 22 in., The Jay DeFeo Foundation owns the copyrights in all works of art by Jay DeFeo. © The Jay DeFeo Foundation /Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Courtesy Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

JAY DEFEO, Untitled (Florence), 1952, Tempera on paper, 28 1/4 x 22 in., The Jay DeFeo Foundation owns the copyrights in all works of art by Jay DeFeo. © The Jay DeFeo Foundation /Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Courtesy Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

WALLY HEDRICK, Hurry Up It's Time, 1960, Oil on canvas, 118 x 25 in.

WALLY HEDRICK, Love Feel, 1957, Oil on canvas, 59 in. diameter

GEORGE HERMS, The Scribe, c. 1957, Mixed media on canvas, stretched over window screen, 44 1/2 x 36 1/2 in.

GEORGE HERMS, Lockbox, c. 1959, Assemblage, 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.

GEORGE HERMS, Untitled, 1959, Assemblage, 24 x 11 in.

MICHAEL MCCLURE, Handwritten Poem, c. 1960, Ink on paper, 10 1/2 x 8 in.

DEAN STOCKWELL, Altered photo from Semina 8, c. 1963, Print, 5 x 3 in.

DEAN STOCKWELL, Portrait of Wallace and Shirley Berman, c. 1957-1960, Cropped contact sheet print, 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.

The Rat Bastard Protective Association

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The Rat Bastard Protective Association (RBPA) is an inflammatory, close-knit community of artists and poets who lived and worked together in a building they dubbed "Painterland" in the Fillmore neighborhood of mid-century San Francisco. The idiosyncratic group included Wallace Berman, Bob Branaman, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Jean Conner, Jay DeFeo, George Herms, Wally Hedrick, Manuel Neri and Michael McClure.

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