The Day the Avant Art World Stood Still

Harry Smith Archives’ FB page posted this thang which utterly blew my mind:

“Discovered quite a strange throwback in the archives: Harry in a Sotheby’s World Mastercard ad.
From left: Jack Smith, unidentified man, Harry Smith, Panna Grady, William S. Burroughs, and Andy Warhol at El Quijote restaurant, New York City, winter 1964-65. Photograph by David McCabe.”

The amount of underground talent in this pic is incalculable. Harry, Bill and Andy you’re (hopefully) familiar with. Jack — was a seminal avant-film maker known for  joyfully messing with gender norms and lack of plot, likely influencing Warhol to a large (and usually unacknowledged) degree. Just WOW.

And let us not forget that Harry was consecrated a Bishop in EGC.

Thanks to Soror Amy for the tip!


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