“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Friday, 9 May 2014

Art and Anarchy in the UK.

From Ali Sloper to Tank Girl, from Viz to V For Vendetta there is no more subversive form of art than the comic. Comics Unmasked, the new exhibition at the British Library, is a real treat for fans of comics and the wonderful cast of iconoclastic anti-heroes who have stepped out of their pages from Victorian times to the present day. It's all recorded here in this wonderful exhibition and so too is the effort of the establishment in all it's guises to ban this form of expression. Everyone from Mary Whitehouse to the Communist Party have at one time or another got their knickers in a twist over comics. It's just a shame that the British Library now charge admission for exhibitions. Some of the people who might get the most out of Comics Unmasked will probably be put of by the £9.50 demanded on the door. I note that the British Library have made a big effort to warn parents about all the sex, drugs and rebellion on display. Under 16's parental guidance and all that - no mention of the possible effect of us over 70's getting over excited.

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