The Syd Barrett Art Exhibition at Idea Generation gallery in London is set to open tomorrow to co-incide with the release of the most excellent of books Barrett. You can read NPF very own Barrett book review. The exhibition includes origina Syd Barrett paintings that you can see – lucky that he didn’t destroy them all in his later years. You can see letters he wrote to girlfriends of the past which include all sorts of odd drawings and characters. There is also lots of other things to see too so make sure you pop down and check it all out!
The gallery exhibition, organised by Will Shutes (also co-author of the Barrett book) and Brian Wernham, is open until 10th April 2011 so you had best get making plans for transport and hotels now!! I am hoping to get down there myself to see the exhibition in the final week, perhaps on the Saturday.
I received my physical copy of the Barrett book last evening and have been scanning through it and must say it is a wonderful creation indeed. Beautiful quality paper and an excellent standard of printing. I could even still smell the glue used to bind the pages and book cover! Very fresh indeed!
If you would like a little taster of all things Syd Barrett artwork, much of which is shown at the exhibition, then you should look at the Syd Barrett Photos in the NPF picture gallery and, in particular, the Syd Barrett artwork pictures album.
The last painting Syd did that people know about is the one one below in January 2006, shortly before he died. This picture is on display at the exhibition I believe.
If anybody attends the Syd Barrett art exhibition, then please do feel free to get in touch and perhaps share a few words about what you thought. Decent accounts may get published on the blog here or, a very well written piece could go in the!