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Gonzo Gallery and Thomas W. Benton Update

January 12, 2014

Hi folks,

First of all a belated Happy New Year to you all! Lets hope 2014 is a good one to everybody.

I know updates have been few and far between in recent months, which is due to the amount of PhD related work that I have been wading through. As my thesis is now in the final stretches I hope to be able to devote a little more time to the site this year, not to mention finally finish that damn PhD once and for all.

Anyway, I have been in touch with DJ Watkins recently and he was kind enough to update me on changes to the official Gonzo Gallery and Tom Benton websites.

Here is what he had to say:

The Gonzo Gallery is now officially broadcasting from www.gonzogallery.com. Artwork by the usual cast of characters - Thomas W. Benton, Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson, and William S. Burroughs - is now online including work that’s never been available for purchase before. 
 
We also decided to leave behind the old Thomas W. Benton website and showcase his work in a lavishly post-modern style at www.tomwbenton.com. Unlike our previous, quasi-analog site, you can actually purchase original prints and paintings now.  
 
And if two new websites weren’t enough, curators, important curators, who stand as pillars of artistic acumen have chosen to include The Gonzo Museum in the Art Genome Project (Think Pandora for artwork) and feature the Museum on their website Artsy. Thus, Gonzo joins the illustrious ranks of The Getty and The Guggenheim in the annals of art history proving that savage genius will survive in an era of reality television and Snapchat. 
I have said it before and I will happily say it again – DJ Watkins has really done a sterling job on the above. Delighted to hear about the Art Genome Project and it is a testament to the fine job he has done in bringing the collections into the digital age. A lot of this material would be simply unavailable to people if it wasn’t for DJ and his dedication. He also has some more plans in store for 2014 so stay tuned to find out more.
All the best,
Rory

Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles

August 15, 2013

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Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles

Saturday, August 24–Saturday, September 14, 2013

Subtlety is really the hallmark of my art.

– Hunter S. Thompson

 BOA/SOA Art Gallery is pleased to present Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles an exhibition in conjunction with the Gonzo Museum, which will be on view at the gallery starting August 24th, 2013.

 The exhibition will feature shotgun artwork by Hunter S. Thompson, signed prints by Ralph Steadman, vintage “Thompson for Sheriff” campaign posters by Thomas W. Benton as well as special works by William S. Burroughs and Warren Zevon. This traveling exhibition of thirty-six artworks marks the first time these works have been shown outside of the Gonzo Museum in Aspen, Colorado. These seminal works defined the gonzo aesthetic and became the symbols of an irreverent literary and journalistic style.

  In conjunction with the exhibition, The Cinefamily will be presenting two Gonzo films based upon the works of Hunter S. Thompson at the Silent Movie Theater, 611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

The BBC documentary “High Noon,” a rarely seen film about Hunter’s run for sheriff will be followed by “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”  A selection of vintage posters from Thompson’s campaign for sheriff of Aspen will be on display at the theatre.

Hunter S. Thompson (1937- 2005) was an American outlaw journalist and author, famous for his books; Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the heart of the American Dream, and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72.

Thomas W. Benton (1930-2007) was an American activist and silkscreen printmaker based in Aspen, Colorado, best known for his political posters. Benton created campaign posters during Hunter S. Thompson’s “Freak Power” campaign for the position of sheriff of Pitkin County in 1970, as well as the cover of Thompson’s work Fear and Loathing on the campaign Trail ’72.

Ralph Steadman (1936- ) is a British illustrator best known for his art in the novels of the author Hunter S. Thompson including “Vintage Dr. Gonzo” and the iconic “Bat’s over Barstow”, which appeared on the cover of Thompson’s novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the heart of the American Dream (1972).

   For further information please contact Daniel Joseph Watkins at danieljosephwatkins@gmail.com

www.gonzomuseum.com

www.boaartgallery.com

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July 18 – Happy Birthday HST

July 18, 2013

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If we cannot produce a generation of journalists – or even a good handful – who care enough about our world and our future to make journalism the great literature it can be, then “professionally oriented programs” are a waste of time. Without at least a hard core of articulate men, convinced that journalism today is perhaps the best means of interpreting and thereby preserving what little progress we have made toward freedom and self-respect over the years…without these men we might as well toss in the towel and admit that ours is a society too interested in comic strips and TV to consider revolution until it bangs on our front door in the dead of some quiet night when our guard is finally down and we no longer even kid ourselves about being the bearers of a great and decent dream.  - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

The Gonzo Museum

January 28, 2013

Hi guys,

First post of 2013 and a long overdue one at that! Some of you will recall the review I posted a while back of Thomas Benton: Artist/Activist by DJ Watkins which I thoroughly recommended at the time as an excellent addition to any Gonzo library. Well DJ Watkins didn’t just finish there and has since established The Gonzo Museum in Aspen. Check out the videos below to see the excellent museum that he has managed to put together. An absolute must see for any Gonzo fiend that finds themselves in that neck of the woods! If you are lucky enough to get to see this, make sure to tell the folks there that you heard about it at Totallygonzo. I promise they won’t run you out of the building.

All the best,

Rory

George McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012)

October 21, 2012

 

 

Of all the men that have run for president in the twentieth century, only George McGovern truly understood what a monument America could be to the human race. – Hunter S. Thompson

 

July 18 – Happy Birthday HST

July 18, 2012

 I always figured I would live on the margins of society, part of a very small Outlaw segment.

-  Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 – Feb 20, 2005)

The Outsider’s case against society is very clear. All men and women have these dangerous, unnameable impulses, yet they keep up a pretence, to themselves, to others; their respectability, their philosophy, their religion, are all attempts to gloss over, to make look civilized and rational something that is savage, unorganized, irrational. He is an Outsider because he stands for Truth.

- Colin Wilson The Outsider

GONZO READING PROJECT PRESENTS…

July 13, 2012

An unabridged live reading of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: a Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream” By Hunter S. Thompson

Aspen— Hunter S. Thompson very much enjoyed hearing his work read out loud and in the moment. It could be an older piece or something new. Reading aloud made the writing come alive.

In that spirit and to celebrate what would be the journalist’s 75th birthday, The Gonzo Reading Project is hosting a continuous reading of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” on Saturday, July 14th. at The Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado. The live performance project is scheduled to begin atnoon and take about seven hours—depending upon circumstances.

Friends from far and wide will gather to participate and read at one the iconic institutions in Gonzo literature.

“Slower,” Hunter would inevitably say to the reader. He wrote his work to have a certain cadence, and he liked to hear every comma. If you are interested in reading a part of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas please email: info@gonzoreadingproject.com.

Will you buy the ticket and take the ride? Are you ready to read?
WHAT: Unabridged live reading of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: a Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream” By: Hunter S. Thompson

WHO: The Gonzo Reading Project, Friends and Family of the late Hunter S. Thompson

WHERE: The Hotel Jerome’s Green Library, Fat City, USA

WHEN: Saturday, July 14, 2012 at High Noon

 

You can also watch the event on a live webcast at the following link: –  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/gonzo-reading-project 

 

Many thanks to the folks over at The Gonzo Reading Project for the info.

 

All the best,

 

Rory

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