Aleister Crowley


The Nightmare Paintings: Exhibition

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

The Nightmare Paintings: Aleister Crowley is a rare exhibition of original paintings and works on paper created by the artist during his period at the Abbey of Thelema in Cefalu Sicily, 1920 - 1923.

Previously exhibited as part of the Traces du Sacred exhibition at the Pompidou Centre and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, it comprises work from Crowley's three areas of focus: portraiture, landscape and magical or trance paintings, providing a rare glimpse into Crowley's most active period as a painter and an insight into the unique ideas which have long remained ignored by the mainstream art establishment.

With curatorial support from Marco Pasi (Amsterdam University) and Giuseppe Di Liberti (Palermo University, Sicily), The Nightmare Paintings is presented in Australia by Buratti Fine Art and will tour Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.

A full colour catalogue is also available featuring essays by Marco Pasi, Giuseppe Di Liberti, Stephen J King, William Breeze, Tobias Churton and Robert Buratti.


Buyers abound as the Beast hits Perth

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Excellent article in the (Australian) Financial Review...

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page’s people have been in touch, as have Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan’s.

Perth gallerist Robert Buratti won’t talk about the other customers for his next show – actual and potential – other than to say they include “prominent international and local business figures”.

But even before the November 30 opening night, he has sold $200,000 of the $500,000 total for the 13 works by magician, occultist and all round bad boy Aleister Crowley, variously known in his early 20th-century heyday as “the Great Beast and “the wicked­est man in the world”.

The show, which will travel to Sydney next year, is the latest in a flurry of idiosyncratic exhibitions looking to mop up excess cash riding around the wealthy west.

Perth property developer Nigel Satterley recently showed fashion­able Australian artist Tim Maguire in a Peppermint Grove mansion renovated for the purpose, a follow up to his 2012 Jeffrey Smart show, at which more than $4 million worth of work changed hands.

Painted during Crowley’s time in the 1920s in Sicily, where he founded the Abbey of Thelema – “a sort of occult boot camp,” says Burratti, the works were studies for the now rotting frescoes that covered the central room, decorated for initiations, of what looked more like a peasant’s cottage than an abbey.

Borderline naive and about as terrifying as a kid’s drawing, only a particularly potent magic – or Crowley’s other favourite, drugs – could have transformed the works into what he intended: an alternative Sistine Chapel. But while the art itself is a bit “hit and miss”, Burratti says they have already attracted interest internationally, not least from devoted Crowley followers such as Page. He has bought everything from Crowley’s clothes and manuscripts to his former estate, Boleskine House, on Loch Ness in Scotland down the years, and once described Page as “a misunderstood genius”. (Crowley’s rockstar cred was famously cemented by his appearance on the cover of The Beatles’ St Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band – alongside Mae West).


'Oh, is that what he looks like?' -- Ozzy

Written by Mutat. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

From an interview with Zakk Wylde in Rock Cellar Magazine...

Dude, I have to tell you a funny story.

A while back, Ozzy comes into my studio and he sees these posters on the wall. He looks at the Led Zeppelin one and starts telling me some stories about John Bonham and how they would get f****d up together in the bars.


New book on Jules Jacot Guillarmod

Written by the_real_simon_iff. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

A new book on Jules Jacot Guillarmod, the mountaineer and photograph of the Himalaya expeditions of 1902 and 1905, led by Oscar Eckenstein and Aleister Crowley respectively, has been published: PIONIER AM K2 (in German) or PIONNIER DU K2 (in the French original).

It's an amazing account of the adventures with nearly 200 fascinating photographs. Especially interesting to the members of this site will be the inclusion of quite a few extraordinary and never before seen photographs of Crowley, Jacot Guillarmod and Eckenstein, as well as of the other members of the parties, like De Righi, Reymond, Pache and others. As an extra there also photos of Guillarmod's visit at Boleskine (one even showing Crowley's ill-fated daughter Nuit Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith sitting on Crowley's desk in his Boleskine study) and Crowley visiting Guillarmod in France. The book also quotes extensively from Guillarmod's journals, quite interesting when compared to Crowley's accounts in his Confessions.

Check out the publisher's web page. There you will find an interactive extract which already depicts one of the most amazing Crowley portraits ever seen.


Aleister Crowley: A Passion For Evil - London

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Aleister Crowley – A Passion For Evil by John Burns
29 to 31 October 2012
The Etcetera Theatre, London

"Gripping and compelling, held together by a strong and well-played performance which summons – and then exorcises – the spirit of The Great Beast." - The Edinburgh Spotlight

Read on for a Special Offer for LAShTAL Members


Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Written by LAShTAL. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Visitors to this site will be as excited as me by the announcement of the publication of:

Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism
Edited by Henrik Bogdan and Martin P Starr

This volume is the first comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive iconoclasts.

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a study in contradictions. Born into a fundamentalist Christian family and educated at Cambridge, he was vilified as a traitor, drug addict, and debaucher, yet revered as perhaps the most influential thinker in contemporary esotericism. Moving beyond the influence of contemporary psychology and the modernist understanding of the occult, Crowley declared himself the revelator of a new age of individualism. Crowley's occult bricolage, Magick, was an eclectic combination of spiritual exercises drawn from Western European magical ceremonies and Indic sources for meditation and yoga. This journey of self-liberation culminated in harnessing sexual power as a magical discipline, a "sacrilization of the self" as practiced in Crowley's mixed masonic group, the Ordo Templi Orientis.


AC on BBC Radio 3: Sunday 19 August 2012

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Words And Music: Beyond Good and Evil

BBC Radio 3: 6.30pm on Sunday 19 August 2012

Aleister Crowley's poem, Hymn To Lucifer, will feature in the August 19 2012 edition of BBC Radio 3's highly acclaimed Words And Music series.

Words and Music on the theme of Evil. Readings by Ann Mitchell and Andrew Wincott. With texts from the Bible, Beowulf and Blake. With Music by Berg, Britten and Black Sabbath.

A whirlwind tour through the dark alleys of Evil: from the Garden of Eden in Genesis and Milton's Paradise Lost, to the vampires and dominatrices of Baudelaire and Swinburne, via the black magic of Aleister Crowley and Marlowe, to the apocalyptic visions of Blake and Dante, taking in the Evil lurking in the German forest to the cloven hoof on the carpet where Evil is located by Auden in the everyday world, "unspectacular and always human".


Aleister Crowley: Wandering The Waste

Written by Martin Hayes. Posted in Aleister Crowley.

Exciting news from Martin Hayes...

It makes me immensely happy to report that my old pal and cohort Roy Huteson Stewart has recommenced work on our graphic novel Aleister Crowley: Wandering the Waste. Contracts have been signed with Markosia and it's all systems go. All we need to do now is finish the bloody thing.

The road has not been easy but at last it looks as though we'll see this book on shelves before we're all dead and rotting in the ground. It's nearly two years since Crowley was supposed to be completed and published. It seems longer than that, since the original publisher collapsed in a wholly avoidable and bile-filled fashion, since my first trip to a lawyer's office, since the long and tedious exchange of emails with a worm masquerading as a man. But that's all in the past. And we're back on track. And we will finish this awful cloying bastard of a book.



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