About London Arts Gallery

Founded in 1967, London Arts Gallery, was located on New Bond Street in the center of London where it exhibited prints ranging from the Old Masters such as Rembrandt and Dürer through to the moderns such as Picasso, Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec.

 

 

 

 

1-british-national-archives-v-london-arts-bag-onedpp-2-4798_1_page_271-copyThe London Arts Group was a major publisher of many of the notable emergent graphic artists of the time and was also a significant location for many of the emerging Pop Artists of the era.

Major British artists who have sold prints through this gallery include Norman Ackroyd, Derek Boshier, Horace Brodzky, Harvey Daniels, Tess Jaray, Bernard Meninsky, Michael Rothenstein and Julian Trevelyan. Artists with an international reputation such as Chagall, Agam and Giacometti have also shown work at the gallery. Other notable exhibits were of Richard Lindner, the CoBrA artist Karl Appel and Cornelle, Victor Vasarely and Op Artists and Peter Max.

 

 

At one time London Arts Gallery had showrooms in Detroit, Manhattan and Atlanta, with many gallery affiliates. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1960s British Printmakers

John Lennon’s ‘Bag One’ public exhibition and controversy

London Arts Gallery was the first gallery to exhibit John Lennon’s artwork.  The signed and numbered lithographs included five prints that were erotic or offensive depending on whom you asked.

 

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The Gallery came to the notice of an international public when in 1970, its then owner Eugene Schuster was charged with corrupting morals when he exhibited erotic drawings by Beatle John Lennon of himself and Yoko Ono.

 

 

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Eight of the fourteen lithographs were confiscated by Scotland Yard on the grounds of indecency.

Ultimately the gallery owner Eugene Schuster, an American citizen was cleared of charges, and the prints returned to the gallery where a second exhibit was greeted with even more public enthusiasm.   The critics remained divide on both the subject of obscenity in art and the artistic merit of John Lennon’s lithographs.