Queer counter-cultural icon Kenneth Anger gets a retrospective of early works at PS1 in Queens

… his notorious biker flic Scorpio Rising

… finds a pale, hipster echo in the latest Peter, John & Bjorg video:

(the Japanese biker dudes are the Tokyo Rockabilly Club from Harajuku, Tokyo)  …  The automobile fetishism Anger paid homage to in Kustom Kar Kommandos (top) is alive and lowriding well on the streets of LA with the rebirth of legendary lowrider Gypsy Rose …

Jesse Valadez and Gypsy Rose circa 1971.

Jesse Valadez and Gypsy Rose circa 1971.

Of course, I never quite know what to do with Anger’s provoking use of swatiskas and Satanic imagery … something to do with his lifelong admiration of Alistair Crowley “The Wickedest Man in the World” … Anger is alive and well and was recently feted in Paris, at the Palais de Tokyo, where his latest coterie of acolytes gathered to pay tribute.

Kenneth Anger (right) and fan

Kenneth Anger (left) and fan