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by Cardinal Cox
Dope on Pnuk part 20
This exhibition was tucked away on
the third floor, so tucked, I had to ask at the information desk.
The instructions included "don't get distracted by the
silver." The exhibition started with psychedelic posters for
gigs at the UFO Club and elsewhere. Lurid shades of prime colours
that are difficult to read.
Amongst the publications were such legendary counter-culture
magazines as 'International Times' and 'Oz', the latter of which
became the subject of an obscenity trial. A selection of albums
were similarly displayed. 'Sgt. Pepper', including the Oscar
Wilde head from the original photo shoot; 'Their Satanic
Majesties', with 3D lenticular art; 'Axis: Bold As Love', with
its Indian inspired central spread; 'My People Were Fair...', the
Tolkienesque whimsey of T-Rex.
The influences on this period were also explored. Both Aubrey
Beardsley and Alphonse Mucha's Art Nouveau fed back from the
swirling lush figures. These were juxtaposed with Bridget
Reilly's Op Art that supplied backgrounds to other designs.
A small show that deserved some sign posting, especially as
elsewhere in the museum was an exhibition on 'sixties fashion
that would have supplied a crossover audience.
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