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Little Black Gallery: Full Throttle private viewing review…London 22nd April 2010

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Well to say that I was shocked when I received an invitation to the private viewing of Bob Carlos Clarke’s Full Throttle exhibition would be an understatement.  Earlier on in the month I purchased a print from the gallery hence why I was given the invite.  I have always been a fan of Bob Carlos Clarke’s work and cherish ‘Shooting Sex’ as one of my favourite books.  Whilst there I also managed to purchase one of the last remaining copies of the book ‘Love-Dolls Never Die’.  A stunning book which has a pink snake skin style cover.

The exhibition had been hitting the news rather a lot just recently and the Met paid the gallery a visit regarding the display of one of the images.  The image in question seems to show a woman being entered from the rear.  Hardly shocking for these days.  Grab yourself the latest copy of FHM or Front magazine and you will see images a lot worse.  Of course this opens up the whole debate over whether the image is art or porn.  Mind you as with all publicity of this kind.  It just pulls the crowds in to see what all the commotion is about.  The gallery was very busy.  I visited the gallery in the afternoon prior to the private viewing in the evening and Ghislain Pascal was already having to turn people away on the telephone who were calling trying to get on the guest list.  I decided to spend t the rest of the afternoon wandering around the beautiful streets surrounding Chelsea and Kensington.

The private viewing was a superb event with waitresses greeting you with free wine all evening.  There was more than a few famous faces floating around and I was pleased to be able to talk to Bob’s wife and daughter whom I had read so much about in his autobiography.  I was also honoured to see Tamara Beckwith presented with her birthday cake so this topped off a great evening.  So after the exhibition it was rounded off with a meal in a nice Italian restaurant the back to the Hotel for an early train back to Coventry.

All in all a great evening which I certainly paid for the next day with a heavy hangover.  Im off to France in the morning on my motorbike so will be posting a blog about this when I get back.


Written by Dean O'Brien

April 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm

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  1. Hi Dean

    looks like you are having fun.

    See you when you get back.


    Rick Medlock

    April 23, 2010 at 2:19 pm

  2. Bet your glad you went now! 😉

    I’m back from Holland Park, missing RBKC already,
    Great stuff keep it up.


    Harpreet Khara

    April 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm

  3. Yes thanks lads. It was great down there. Well worth going. Met some great people as well. The exhibition was amazing.

    Dean O'Brien

    April 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

  4. No surprise with the ignorant attitude of the met!
    I think personally Bob Carlos Clarke had an ‘sex-positive’ attitude yet we seem to romantcise, glorify and glamorise getting drunk.

    Bob had real talent. Different from fashion photography where models are used just to ‘hang’ the clothes where with Bob Carlos Clarke I think is not superficial as it was about the personality and spirit of the women away from the ‘moral’ garment of clothes- you could say Bob had a philosophy regarding women- a depth. Shame he is dead.

    Chris Alford

    January 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm

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