Kenneth Anger, ‘Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome’, 1954, Sprüth Magers

'Magic Lantern Cycle', Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, December 4, 2015 - January 10, 2016

About Kenneth Anger

Underground filmmaker and Hollywood enfant terrible Kenneth Anger has been purveyor of shock and awe in a career that has spanned seven decades. Working primarily in the format of the short film, Anger has merged Surrealism with his own brand of homoeroticism, suffused with violence and the supernatural. Influenced by the teachings of British occultist Aleister Crowley, Anger has searched for ever more transgressive subjects; from homosexual gang rape to Nazi propaganda footage and exploding airships. An avid self-mythologiser, his Hollywood career started as a child actor, and in his teens he began to work on his own films. His collage technique makes use of dramatic jump cuts and popular music soundtracks, but the gritty, experimental content meant he was often on the receiving end of societal outrage. He also authored salacious biographies of Hollywood from the silent film era up to the 1950s, exposing their sleazy sex lives and taste in narcotics. In recent years, Anger’s archive of Hollywood memorabilia has been exhibited as an art installation, ushering in a wave of appreciation for his oeuvre from a younger generation.

— Submitted by Sprüth Magers

American, b. 1927, Santa Monica, California, based in California