Adrian Henri (1932–2000) was a maverick painter, poet, musician and a pioneer of happenings and events in Britain. This book covers his work from the 1960s and 1970s – when it was at its most radical, irreverent, innovative and collaborative – through paintings, collages, prints, artefacts and ephemera, rock posters, annotated scripts, correspondence and other rare archive material. While concentrating on Henri’s work in different media, Total Artist captures some of the excitement and dynamics of the 1960s and 1970s art scenes in Britain and internationally. It places Henri at the centre of a distinctive yet highly connected counter-culture, providing an opportunity to consider his embrace of total art as a template for interdisciplinary art practice.
With essays by Bryan Biggs, Antony Hudek and Catherine Marcangeli.
Published with Exhibition Research Centre, Liverpool John Moores University, and Université Paris Diderot.