Apollo. On the tenth anniversary of man's first landing on the moon Bruce Lacey celebrates the Apollo missions. Films, slides, tapes, photos and other documentation made by him at the time. July 21 1979.
London: The Acme Gallery, 1979.
Original poster (417 × 298 mm / 16.42 × 11.73 in). Illustrated with 1 black-and-white photograph, text in black; handling marks, lightly toned, horizontal crease and soft vertical crease where folded, one nick along fold. In very good condition.
Bruce Lacey’s artistic career encompasses painting, sculpture, robotised assemblages, theatrical performances and installations, as well as community arts and ritual action performances. He was born in London in 1927 and, after completing his National Service, studied at the Royal College of Art between 1951 and 1954 where he began staging performances and happenings. After graduating he worked in the Granada Studios props department on television programs including The Goon Show and The Alberts, this led to a working relationship with Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers, and a residency at Peter Cook’s Establishment Club. He was the subject of Ken Russell’s 1962 film Preservation Man, and appeared as George Harrison’s flute-playing gardener in the Beatles’ 1965 film Help.
Lacey first staged a performance based on the Apollo moon landings in 1969 after watching them on television. The present poster is for a performance at Acme Gallery ten years later. Acme was registered as a artist-led charitable housing association in November 1972 with the aim of providing cheap living and studio accommodation for artists. Between 1976-1981 it also ran a non-commercial gallery in a converted banana warehouse in Covent Garden.
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