|‘SOMEDAY ALL THE ADULTS WILL DIE’
Punk Graphics 1971- 1984 Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, UK
14 September – 4 November 2012 Admission Free
From 14 September to 4 November 2012, the Hayward Gallery Project Space hosted ‘Someday All the Adults Will Die’: Punk Graphics 1971 – 1984, a comprehensive overview of punk graphic design from before, during, and after the punk years. Curated by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage, the exhibition included several hundred pieces of previously unseen material from private archives and collections: homemade cassettes, fanzines, posters, handbills, records and clothing. Highlights included work by Gee Vaucher, Jamie Reid, Gary Panter, Raymond Pettibon, John Holmstrom and Penny Rimbaud, alongside numerous anonymous artists.
Schedule of Events :
Press View: 11am – 1pm Thursday 13 September
There was a panel discussion moderated by exhibition co-curator Johan Kugelberg (Thursday 13 September at 7pm, £10).
The panel discussion at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre explored the provocative graphic art that developed alongside punk rock. Panelists included Tony Drayton, editor of Ripped & Torn, one of the first UK punk fanzines, and Kill Your Pet Puppy – arguably one of the most aesthetically interesting anarcho-punk fanzines of the ’80s; William Gibson, award winning writer and seminal cyberpunk novelist; John Holmstrom, writer, cartoonist and legendary editor of the iconic Punk magazine; and artist Gee Vaucher, whose record covers and newsletters for anarcho-punk band Crass in the late 1970s and early ’80s influenced graphics for political protest as well as for music.
The exhibition coincided with the publication of Punk: An Aesthetic by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage, published by Rizzoli.
“If you don’t like the culture you are spoon-fed, you can make your own. It worked wonders at the end of the seventies, and all these jagged, chiaroscuro urgent masterpieces of graphic design, executed by art school masters alongside anguished adolescents continue to reverberate as get-up-and-get-on-with-it eyeball-pleasers.” – Johan Kugelberg, co-curator
Spanning a range of different media, works presented in ‘Someday All the Adults Will Die’: Punk Graphics 1971 – 1984 include: various ephemera such as clothing designed by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren; early press releases and pamphlets for the Sex Pistols and the Ramones; publications and early fanzines including London’s Outrage, Punk, Sniffin’ Glue, and Suburban Press; a rare chance to see and hear a collection of DIY 7” records from international punk labels and artists of the period; situationist-informed prints produced at art school by Malcolm McLaren; limited edition Black Flag prints from the early 1980s by Raymond Pettibon; a Linder Sterling flyer for a 1978 Joy Division performance in Manchester; and six banners used to advertise The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, a 1980 ‘documentary’ film about the Sex Pistols, designed by Jamie Reid – whose cut-and-paste aesthetic became synonymous with the graphic imagery of the punk movement, particularly in the UK.
Curators: Johan Kugelberg is the author of The Velvet Underground: New York Art, and also organises exhibitions and runs Boo-Hooray gallery in New York. He is also the founder of the Cornell University hip hop history and punk history archives. Jon Savage is a journalist and the author of England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock and Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture, among many other books.
Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
“Punk is important: It will inspire youth when all of us are dead – adolescents sensing that first breeze of fresh air emanating from the sea of possibilities.” – Johan Kugelberg
A book party celebrating the release of Punk: An Aesthetic, published by Rizzoli, was held at McNally Jackson Saturday, October 13th at 7 pm. Johan Kugelberg was joined by Jon Savage, co-editor of Punk: An Aesthetic and acclaimed music journalist, as well as artist Spencer Sweeney to discuss everything punk. Those who came early picked up copies of a free ‘zine (limited quantity available).
Punk: An Aesthetic was published in conjunction with the exhibit ‘Someday All the Adults Will Die’ Punk Graphics 1971-1984 at London’s Hayward Gallery. A definitive survey of the art, graphics, and design inspired and influenced by the pre-punk, punk and post-punk movements, Punk: An Aesthetic is a book graphic designers and punk music fans alike will covet. Drawing on private and public archives of rare material from around the world, this heavily illustrated and thoughtfully curated book presents an unrivaled collection of punk art and ephemera that incorporates every aspect of the movement, from the earliest occurrences of punk symbolism in posters and flyers for underground bands to the explosion of fanzines and Xerox culture, and includes rare, previously unpublished photographs of the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Ramones, and others, alongside the artwork of Crass, Jamie Reid, John Holmstrom, and the contemporary street artist Banksy. The art of the punk movement reflected the consciousness and the anti-aesthetic of new counterculture and revolutionized design in ways whose influence is still felt today.