Underground Film Icon and Thelemite Kenneth Anger Dies

Seminal underground filmmaker and devoted Thelemite passed away earlier this month at age 96, as is being reported today by media around the world.  Our beloved OHO, Hymenaeus Beta said:

“Kenneth was a very devoted OTO member, being Frater Focus, IX° and XI° OTO. He was incredibly generous. Most of our Crowley art holdings and many important first editions and manuscripts are in the OTO Archives thanks to his generosity. We initiated him from Minerval through IX° in Hastings, Sussex in a single day and night in 1998 e.v. — it required a team of about ten senior initiators working in alternating teams. I decided to initiate him in this extraordinary way as he was so exceptional. He was the young man who figuratively knocked on the door of the OTO in the early 1950s but in the aftermath of the closure of Agapé Lodge by Karl Germer, nobody was home. Becoming an OTO member fulfilled a lifelong aspiration.”

NPR reports:

“Filmmaker and author Kenneth Anger was a legendary Hollywood character, a visionary inheritor of an international avant-garde scene. But he also reveled in the vulgar and esoteric and essentially disappeared from the public eye for nearly a decade before his death.

“Anger’s death was reported Wednesday by the Sprüth Magers gallery, which has represented Anger’s work since 2009. Spencer Glesby, who was Anger’s artist liasion, told NPR that the filmmaker died on May 11 in Yucca Valley, California, of natural causes.”

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