From 1958 to 1969, Jim Newman owned and operated the groundbreaking Dilexi Gallery in San Francisco. During the 1970s and 1980s, he produced two feature films with Philip Makanna and Sun Ra, along with a television documentary on the Indian vocal master Pandit Pran Nath.
Dilexi: A Gallery & Beyond (2021) is the result of 8 years of research by Label Curatorial's director Laura Whitcomb and the research director Narin Dickerson. It is particularly anticipated after the Dilexi's well-reviewed retrospective in 2019 which saw six galleries across California participate. The Dilexi Multi venue Retrospective included Parrasch Heijnen, Parker Gallery, The Landing, and Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles and Crown Point Press and Brian Gross Fine Art in San Francisco.
The publication has essays by art critic Peter Frank and Dilexi founder Jim Newman. The book also features contributing essays by the film critic Antoine Thirion, the legendary media historian Gene Youngblood, former Whitney curator, and Artist Space Director Jay Sanders, the social critic Robby Herbst, and a retrospective essay by Charles Amirkhanian, with photos by John Fago, about Other Minds. Historic essay excerpts include the Berkeley Museum’s Pacific Film Archive Steve Seid and film historians and videographers Steina and Woody Vasulka.