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May 23, 2007

The Man We Want to Hang


I met Kenneth Anger briefly at the press preview to "An Old Master", a show of Aleister Crowley's paintings and drawings at the October Gallery (April 7, 1998); the first such show, in fact, in some time.

Better known for his writings on Magick than as a painter, this unique retrospective of the collected works of 'the Master Therion' constitutes the only public exhibition of his expressionistic work since its first showing at the Nierendorff Gallery in Berlin in 1931.

The vagaries of art film distribution are such, however, that it is only thanks to YouTube I have now seen Anger's film of the subject. That being the show and not our contretemps over a technical point concerning his subject matter. I believe you will agree Crowley could not paint or draw a damn. Best then to use one of Frieda, Lady Harris' Thoth paintings to illustrate this post, a number of those were also on display.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 23, 2007 06:54 AM