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Adrian Henri: Total Art
Curated by Catherine Marcangeli

“… a lively record of Adrian Henri’s paintings, poetry, performance and general lust for life”     Laura Robertson, The Double Negative

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.

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.

Roundtable Discussion: Adrian Henri and Performance
Saturday 20 September 2014, 3:45–5:45pm
Free, no reservation required

With Bryan Biggs (artistic director, the Bluecoat), Pete Brown (poet and musician), Mike Evans (writer, ex-Liverpool Scene), John Gorman (ex-Scaffold), Antony Hudek (curator, Raven Row, London), Mike McCartney (photographer, ex-Scaffold), Catherine Marcangeli (curator), Barry Miles (writer) and Heike Roms (Professor in Performance Studies, University of Aberystwyth).

Followed by the launch at the Bluecoat of the fully illustrated book Adrian Henri: Total Artist, published by Occasional Papers with essays by Bryan Biggs, Antony Hudek and Catherine Marcangeli. The event will feature presentations by the authors, a reading of Henri’s poetry by poet and musician Pete Brown, and rare video footage of Henri’s band The Liverpool Scene.

5 July–26 October 2014
10am–6pm, Monday–Friday
12 noon–6pm on the weekends of 5–6 July, 20–21 September and 25–26 October

Free Curator’s Tours2.30pm
Saturday 20 September
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October

Limited Edition Print
Numbered and authenticated by the Adrian Henri Estate
See here for details

With the support of the Adrian Henri Estate and the

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