About Last Night: Zagaris Makes Waves with “Total Excess”
The opening reception of Michael Zagaris’s long-anticipated exhibition, Total Excess, transformed Milk Gallery into a full-on concert last night. As a mélange of Rock and Roll classics from The Rolling Stones, The Who, and David Bowie pulsed through the space, photographers, musicians, and music lovers alike converged before portraits of their favorite artists. Meanwhile, Zagaris himself took center stage, conversing with admirers and autographing copies of his new monograph of the same name, published by Reel Art Press this year.
Showcasing portraits from San Francisco’s 1970s Rock and Roll scene, the exhibition features many works that have remained unseen until now, making Zagaris’s oeuvre one of the last untouched rock archives known. Between 1970 and 1980, Zagaris photographed virtually everyone in the rock music scene who passed through San Francisco, including The Clash, Blondie, The Grateful Dead, The Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, and Led Zeppelin. People of all ages turned out for the opening, including old-school icons Bob Gruen, Kosmo Vinyl, and Jimmy Webb, models Lisa Verberght and Estella Boersma, Milk fam Ben Watts, Petra Ptackova, and Tony Nourmand—all of whom paid respect in one form or another to the golden age of Rock and Roll that Zagaris so dedicatedly documented.
Total Excess: The Last Great Unseen Rock & Roll Archive—A Milk Gallery Project with photographs by Michael Zagaris—is on exhibit at Milk Gallery from November 17 through December 18.
Images courtesy of Zlatko Batistich
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