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I understand this is not a forum for novices... yet... let me ask you this question. What is the book that you'd suggest for being the *best introduction* to the art of Austin Osman Spare?


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 Anonymous
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In case you are not already familiar with Spare, you will find quite a bit translated here: http://www.labirintostellare.org/

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 Anonymous
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"Michaelangelo in a Teacup" by Frank Letchford would be an excellent start. It's full of insights into his life and how he came to magick. Plus it's got a large collection of previously unseen photographs, and quite a few pictures of his artwork. "Anathema of Zos" is also highly recommended, however, it's quite dense. Even after having it for a year or so, I still can't grasp half of what he's trying to convey.


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"bazelek" wrote:
In case you are not already familiar with Spare, you will find quite a bit translated here: http://www.labirintostellare.org/

bazelek

You might not have noticed this but that site isnt in English.


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"Aum418" wrote:
You might not have noticed this but that site isnt in English.

And you might not have noticed that, according to his Profile, loveisthelaw is from Italy.

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 Anonymous
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"Aum418" wrote:
"bazelek" wrote:
In case you are not already familiar with Spare, you will find quite a bit translated here: http://www.labirintostellare.org/

bazelek

You might not have noticed this but that site isnt in English.

The original poster is apparently from Italy, so it may help him, though.


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 Anonymous
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Oh, well then, that WOULD make more sense. I also see his interests include "AC collecting." Surely youll find lots of company here!


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 Anonymous
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I dislike promoting our own material in a thread, but further to my last post if you are interested in his art specifically, then you might take a look at Borough Satyr: The Life and Art of Austin Osman Spare. It's the only full colour book on Spare and has essays by those who knew him well throughout his life. You can find it, amongst other things here: http://www.fulgur.co.u k"> http://www.fulgur.co.uk .

Alternatively, many of Spare's own works are available in facsimile from Mandrake Press Limited: http://www.mandrake-press.co.u k"> http://www.mandrake-press.co.uk .

bazelek


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Baxian
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Hi loveisthelaw

http://www.fulgur.co.uk/authors/aos/articles/
Has some good articles on Spare.
Though I would suggest reading his book of pleasure some time.

Once again, it may be translated on http://www.labirintostellare.org/ if you can stand reading books on the computer.

all the best.
Baxian


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Phil Baker's biography of Spare comes out next week. It's on Amazon for 17 quid and will be published by Fourth Estate who are an imprint of Harper Collins. So this could end up being in all the major bookshops and introduce Spare to a much wider audience.
In Borough Satyr there's a reference to a forthcoming book entitled 'The Cult of One' which will be 'an exegesis of Spare's ontology...' Any more info about this Bazelek?
Cheers
Scarob


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 Anonymous
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Thanks for the tip-off Scarob. I see there's no cover art available and it doesn't seem to have a proper title yet. I wonder if it'll actually come out when it's supposed to? The author has done some half-decent stuff in the past I see, and like you say, it's got s good chance of being stocked widely. My shares in AOS.inc may well increase in value.....


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"scarobminor" wrote:
Phil Baker's biography of Spare comes out next week. It's on Amazon for 17 quid and will be published by Fourth Estate who are an imprint of Harper Collins. So this could end up being in all the major bookshops and introduce Spare to a much wider audience.
In Borough Satyr there's a reference to a forthcoming book entitled 'The Cult of One' which will be 'an exegesis of Spare's ontology...' Any more info about this Bazelek?
Cheers
Scarob

Hmm, it's possible Phil's biography is out next week, but I think it more likely Amazon are jumping the gun. Last time I spoke to Phil he was hoping for some background material for the book, but as far as I know he is still writing it...

As for 'The Cult of One', yes, I am working towards a book, but in the interim Christina at Treadwells has asked me to do an illustrated lecture based on the material. The lecture will include an analysis of Spare’s primary methods and will draw upon images from the Fulgur archives. Techniques such as The Death Posture, the Neither-Neither principle and the philosophy of Self-Love will be examined and set within the context of his key philosophical influences. This is now scheduled for November 10th, in London. There are limited tickets, but anyone interested should contact Treadwells.

bazelek


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"bazelek" wrote:
I dislike promoting our own material in a thread, but further to my last post if you are interested in his art specifically, then you might take a look at Borough Satyr: The Life and Art of Austin Osman Spare. It's the only full colour book on Spare and has essays by those who knew him well throughout his life. You can find it, amongst other things here: http://www.fulgur.co.u k"> http://www.fulgur.co.uk .

Is Borough Satyr: The Life and Art of Austin Osman Spare comprehensive as a primer on Spare's art, or is it mainly concerned with some particular aspect of his art, or time period?

By the way, many thanks to all who answered to my post, and yes, I am Italian, but I do enjoy reading books in English too... although my own English is far from being perfect.


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"loveisthelaw" wrote:
Is Borough Satyr: The Life and Art of Austin Osman Spare comprehensive as a primer on Spare's art, or is it mainly concerned with some particular aspect of his art, or time period?

It was intended as a primer and companion to Images and Oracles. There is a biographical essay that outlines Spare's influences and places him within an art historical context, but it also discusses his metaphysical symbolism. There are also 11 other essays arranged choronologically, which discuss his art as it was seen by those who knew him well. There are also 74 full colour illustrations of his work representing all periods and styles of his output.

bazelek


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I found reading the work of Kenneth Grant a good start before reading Austin Osman Spare. If you manage to get a grip of Grant he is extremely lucid when discussing Austin Osman Spare.


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"bazelek" wrote:
Hmm, it's possible Phil's biography is out next week, but I think it more likely Amazon are jumping the gun. Last time I spoke to Phil he was hoping for some background material for the book, but as far as I know he is still writing it...

bazelek

Oh Bugger! I've just spent £ 1.50 asking Westminster libraries to buy the aforesaid item.


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 Anonymous
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I discovered the genius of spare in a little book that has just been reprinted ... The book appeared just when I needed it I highly recommend it to everyone..

Stealing the fire from Heaven .. By Stephen Mace

http://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Fire-Heaven-Stephen-Mace/dp/0972026606/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-9905535-0596034?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1193597591&sr=8-1

Frater SI
http://www.osdl246.org


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Where can I find the most complete collection of the A.O.S. artwork? Is 'Borough Satyr: The Life and Art of Austin Osman Spare' fairly complete in this respect? I've always wanted to look through more than just what's available in online galleries as well the prints within his own illustrated books. I'd especially appreciate it if someone could direct me to a representation of his work 'The Ids' the P-Orridge mentions in DisInformation.com's 'Book of Lies'.

Thanks for the help.

-Zir


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Michael Staley
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"Kevin_Ikari" wrote:
Where can I find the most complete collection of the A.O.S. artwork? Is 'Borough Satyr: The Life and Art of Austin Osman Spare' fairly complete in this respect?

No, it's not complete, but it's the nearest to date. If you combine that with 'Zos Speaks!' and the posthumous exhibition catalogues, you'll probably have a representative sample.

"Kevin_Ikari" wrote:
I've always wanted to look through more than just what's available in online galleries as well the prints within his own illustrated books.

There's nothing available at present. There is not at present a sufficient market to enable any publisher to publish the sort of art collection you are interested in.

"Kevin_Ikari" wrote:
I'd especially appreciate it if someone could direct me to a representation of his work 'The Ids' the P-Orridge mentions in DisInformation.com's 'Book of Lies'.

It's not available anywhere, to my knowledge.


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 Anonymous
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I would say: just dig right into AOS' works themselves! For that it may be a good prerequisite to be familiar with art and poetry and be able to comprehend philosophy to some extent...but see what you can get out of it. Then, you also could look into Nietzsche's works and Taoist literature, especially the Daodejing/Taoteking and the Zhuangzi/Chuangtse, both very good. Those are reflected in Spare's art as well.


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