Robert Fraser: Groovy Curator

by Modculture 1 January, 2009

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If you have any interest in the 60s London art scene, you might want to get down to Robert Fraser: Groovy Curator on 27th January 2009 at London’s Barbican.

The event is a mix of talk and rare art films, the former being a Q&A with Harriet Vyner, the biographer of famed London art dealer Robert Fraser, the man responsible for introducing the London art world to Peter Blake, Jim Dine, Richard Hamilton, Bridget Riley and Andy Warhol among others. Vyner’s book – Groovy Bob – tells Fraser’s story through the voices of those who new him best, which includes the likes of Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marianne Faithfull, Kenneth Anger, Dennis Hopper and Vyner herself.

Aside from the Q&A, four rarely-seen associated films are also showing – see over the page for full details of those. Tickets are available now, priced at £7.50.

Looking for Mushrooms (15*)
A hypnotic trip of lush beauty and saturated colour while mushroom hunting in Mexico.
UK 1967 Dir. Bruce Connor 3 min.

Invocation of My Demon Brother (15*)
Anger’s homage to infamous occultist Aleister Crowley, with fast-moving editing, droning soundtrack and saturated with colour.
UK 1969 Dir. Kenneth Anger 11 min.

Pop Goes The Easel (15*)
A k aleidoscopic impression of the Pop Art universe and a portrait of artists Peter Blake, Derek Boshier, Pauline Boty and Peter Phillips. Made for BBC TV’s Monitor series.
UK 1962 Dir. Ken Russell 44 min.

Fathers of Pop (15*)
This rarely-screened documentary film, made with the support of the Arts Council, looks at the Independent Group (1952-1955), who saw themselves as a breakaway faction of the ICA, and their influence on the British Pop Art generation.

The Group were among the first British artists to explore both the horrors and promises of technology, space-travel and the consequent new sci-fi genre, and "the technicolour dreams [of] American media".

An interview-led film that clarifies connections with a very personal touch, including dialogues with Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton, Lawrence Alloway, Nigel Henderson, record producer Frankie Cordell and the late John McHale.
UK 1979 Dir. Julian Cooper 47 min.

Barbican website

  • Jay Clifton

    Hello, I’m the deviser, director and liaison for this event (under the title The Hammett Story Agency) and would like to say thanks for posting it on your cool site here. I should mention too that the next novel by Cathi Unsworth, who is the interviewer at this event, will be entitled ‘Bad Penny Blues’ and is set in Sixties London, dealing with the Pop culture of that time as well as some notorious murders that also took place during that period– it comes out later this year. All the best, Jay Clifton