just thought some of you might be interested in knowing that the Whitney is having a summer exhibit of psychedelic art from the 60’s.
A number of the artists featured (some of whom are really fascinating individuals i’ve had a number of enlightening conversations with) have over 40 years of wisdom & experience with the psychedelic experience. They are still out there painting and sculpting psychedelic inspired works that i think blow their older stuff out of the water– no new york galleries are currently showing any of these mind-blowing paintings, and it would be great if you could see them without having to go all the way up to woodstock.
Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era
on view May 24, 2007-September 16, 2007
Summer 2007 revisits the unprecedented explosion of contemporary art and popular culture brought about by the civil unrest and pervasive social change of the 1960s and early ’70s, when a new psychedelic aesthetic emerged in art, music, film, architecture, graphic design, and fashion.
The exhibition includes paintings, photographs and sculptures by Isaac Abrams, Richard Avedon, Lynda Benglis, Richard Hamilton, Elliott Landy, Jimi Hendrix (his only known watercolor), Robert Indiana, Yayoi Kusama, Richard Lindner, and John McCracken, among others, as well as a rich selection of important posters, album covers and underground magazines. A special emphasis is placed on environments as well as on film, video and multimedia installations, including works by Jordan Belson, USCO, Stan VanDerBeek, James Whitney, and Lamonte Young and Marian Zazeela.
The exhibition includes films of performances and light shows, and spotlights places such as the UFO nightclub in London and the Human Be-In in San Francisco, featuring Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary. Organized by Tate Liverpool and originally presented there.