Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Arrested For Altered Art

Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell were artists, friends, and lovers, with a sense of artistic boredom that led them to the library.

"Libraries might as well not exist; they've got endless shelves for rubbish and hardly any space for good books." Orton, 1967.

The pair were sentences to 6 months in prison for altering and defacing library books to entertaining ends. Somebody, probably originally for the sake of evidence, saved the altered covers. Orton and Halliwell got nationwide media attention due to the story of their arrest, entitled Gorilla in the Roses, after this altered cover.


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