Toby Mott and Andrew Roth are pleased to announce the opening of CRASS, an exhibition of over 130 objects and artifacts centered on the anarchic, self-produced culture of the British band Crass, featuring artwork, albums and ephemera from The Mott Collection, including original 12” LPs and EPs, 7” singles from Crass Records, and a complete set of Crass’ iconic house zine, Inter-National Anthem.
Crass played four concerts in New York in the summer of 1977, at small, unexpected venues such as The Puerto Rican Club and the Polish Club. This exhibition represents the first opportunity since that brief visit for New Yorkers to experience the unique visual and aural mayhem that is Crass’ trademark. The material featured in this exhibition spans the high period of Crass’ endeavors, from 1978 to 1984, and constitutes a special segment of The Mott Collection. In addition to his own artistic activities as part of the Grey Organization, collector and curator Toby Mott spent much of his youth diligently collecting and preserving the artifacts of the punk movement in Britain. Major portions of his collection were featured in the exhibition “Loud Flash: British Punk on Paper” at MUSAC in Léon, Spain, in March 2010 and more recently at Haunch of Venison Gallery last fall in London
Opening reception Friday February 18th, 6-8pm
Exhibit 18th February – 18th March 2011
Andrew Roth Gallery
160A East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021