Adrian Henri: Of Meat and Flowers
at the New Slaughterhouse Gallery, 50 St Mary’s Road, Garston April 11 to May 26 2008
The exhibition was opened by the late artist’s partner Catherine Marcangeli who pointed out that it was Adrian Henri’s birthday yesterday so this was a nice present.
The title comes from one of his best known poems ‘Morning Song’
Of meat and flowers I sing
Butchers and gardeners
Songs thrown bleeding onto counters
Reaching up to the sun through city backyards
The Slaughterhouse has moved from No. 73 across the road to a larger premises at No. 50 and it looks rather good. The gallery is run by local artist and campaigner Alex Corina who has gained support from many people and there were plenty there tonight including MP Maria Eagle, MP Andy Burnham the Secretary of State for Culture, Phil Redmond (who has finally given in and started wearing smart suits and even had a proper haircut! – I’m disappointed) and Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips who gave a splendid reading of Adrian’s poem ‘I Want to Paint’
Its a good exhibition of 50 of Henri’s works including drawings, pastels, paintings and assemblages, many of them are for sale.