Despite the world’s obsession with digital media, the allure of striking graphics on cheap newsprint can never be discounted. In a series of vitrines in the back of Printed Matter’s bursting-at-the-seams space, is an extensive exhibition of ephemera and recordings by legendary sixties folk rock group The Fugs. The band was created in 1965 by poets Tuli Kupferberg and Ed Sanders, who were already established in the New York underground literary scene.
Also Included in the show are publications from Sanders’ Fuck You Press, including the notorious Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts. For $1,500 you can take home a copy of the mimeographed journal with a cover by Andy Warhol. Even if you don’t love the hippie twang of the lo-fi Fugs, this collection of material is a timely parallel to the many striving art collectives and multi-disciplinary approaches embraced in our current time.
(*Images from top to bottom: E. Sanders, Fuck for Peace: A History of The Fugs, June 2-September 8, 2007, Printed Matter, Inc., Courtesy of E. Sanders. Tom Powell, Fuck for Peace: A History of The Fugs, June 2-September 8, 2007, Printed Matter, Inc., Installation View, Courtesy of Tom Powell.)