Adrian Henri: Total Art
Curated by Catherine Marcangeli
In the 1960s and 1970s Adrian Henri (1932–2000) produced some of his most radical, innovative and collaborative work. Although widely known as a poet, painter and musician, this exhibition celebrates Henri’s pioneering role as an irreverent mixer of mediums during those two decades, and the creator of some of the earliest happenings in the UK. Henri was a highly regarded advocate and theorist of the cross-disciplinary event, collaborating and corresponding with numerous performance artists in the UK and internationally including Mark Boyle, Rob Con, Lol Coxhill, Wendy and Bill Harpe, Allan Kaprow and Yoko Ono, and publishing Total Art, one of the first histories of environments and happenings.
Adrian Henri: Total Art brings together paintings, collages, prints, scripts, hand-made posters, artefacts and ephemera – many of them exhibited for the first time since the 1960s and 1970s – providing a rare opportunity to reconsider Henri’s embrace of total art as a template for contemporary interdisciplinary practice.
Friday 4 July 2014, 4–9pm
5 July–26 October 2014
12 noon–6pm on the weekends of 5–6 July, 20–21 September and 25–26 October
Free Curator’s Tours, 2.30pm
Saturday 5 July
Sunday 6 July, with Bryan Biggs (Artistic Director, the Bluecoat)
Sunday 21 September
Saturday 25 October
Sunday 26 October
Limited Edition Print
Numbered and authenticated by the Adrian Henri Estate
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A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue will appear in September 2014, published by Occasional Papers.
With the support of the Adrian Henri Estate and the