Please Do Not Bend, Maggs Gallery
A scarce poster for a showing of the Crowleyan films of occult filmaker Kenneth Anger at San Francisco’s Straight Theatre in the Autumn after the Summer of Love.
Gwenydd Powell, the young violinist and possible schizophrenic, committed suicide far too early and left a sheaf of disquieting drawings, paintings and writings on angels, fairies and occult troubles (circa 1915-1930) that are included in the show.
One of Harry Gordon’s famous paper dresses in the original bag, made in London in the turbulent year of 1968.
Hannah Hoch’s expressionist watercolour view of a church from 1917. A short time later she would go on to invent Dadaist photomontage with Heartfield.
A poster for a John Latham Skoob ’happening’ (where discarded books were piled and burnt) in London’s Inner Temple in 1966. ’Skoob’ is books backwards, the illustration is of a column of books burning.
A very powerful poster in horror movie colours for a canceled show from the important Anarchy In The U.K. tour, 1976. The Sex Pistols. The Damned, The Clash and Thunders refused to play under threat of a morals review committee of local Derby worthies.
A wild découpage from the 1850s by an unknown mad person, full of apocalyptic images and inked blood. Evelyn Waugh had a complete one of these so-called ’bloody books’ that is now in the Harry Ransom Centre, Texas.
A mock invitation card to the 1970 Oz obscenity trial over the ’Schoolkids Issue’ with a note on the back from Richard Neville, one of the co-editors, saying that he was on his way to court. The Judge said that his co-accused Felix Dennis was too thick to warrant a long custodial sentence.