Exhibition of punk graphic design, presenting imagery from the 1971-1984 period opened last week @ Hayward Gallery Project Space. Curated by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage, the displayed artefacts include iconic 70’s fanzines, such as John Holmstrom’s Punk Magazine, London’s Outrage or Mark Perry’s Sniffin’ Glue, 7-inch 45 sleeves, flyers, posters, t-shirts and original artworks from Gee Vaucher, Jamie Reid, Raymond Pettibon, Gary Panter, Linder Sterling, Penny Rimbaud as well as many anonymous artists.
True feast for punk fetishists of all ages, lots of the showcased pieces come from private archives and collections and are publicly presented for the first time. Highlights include: limited edition Black Flag prints from the early 1980s by Raymond Pettibon; a Linder Sterling flyer for a 1978 Joy Division performance in Manchester; situationist-informed prints produced at art school by Malcolm McLaren, six banners used to advertise The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (a 1980 ‘documentary’ film about the Sex Pistols) designed by Jamie Reid and a personal favorite: Belgian travel brochure Year Round Holidays from ’77 – the source for the Sex Pistols’ Holidays in the Sun 7-inch cover artwork, designed also by Reid.
The exhibition coincides with the publication of PUNK: An Aesthetic, edited by the two curators of the show. Also taking place last Thursday was a panel discussion with no less than William Gibson (!), Gee Vaucher, John Holmstrom (writer, cartoonist and editor of Punk magazine) and Tony Drayton (editor of fanzines Ripped & Torn and Kill Your Pet Puppy). Highly promissing, yet the discussion was a bit vanilla, perhaps a hint that punk minds and organized chat events don’t go well together?
The exhibition runs until 4th November and if you like punk and/or graphic design, it’s a must-see. Here are some pictures from the preview to put you in the mood!