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Suzanne Treister Post-Surveillance Art.







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Archival giclée print on Hahnemuhle Bamboo paper, 29 x 42 cm, edition of 25, Suzanne Treister 2014

Maggs Counterculture presents Post-Surveillance Art, a series of new works by Suzanne Treister navigating the post-Snowden age which simultaneously critique and celebrate a new paradigm whilst anticipating future modalities.

The term 'Post-Surveillance Art' was coined by Suzanne Treister on 9th January 2014. There is as yet no reference to this term or its meaning on the internet.

 “What has altered for me post Snowden, is not an awareness and negotiation of a changed condition, but the knowledge that now almost everybody else knows something which was clear as day if you did a bit of research, and it's great to no longer be called a conspiracy theorist." Suzanne Treister 2014

 “The brain on anxiety creates beauty in which we recline on rainbow pillows, smoking our hookahs” Richard Thieme , commentary on the works, 2014.


The Maggs Opium Collection

To mark the end of the Maggs Opium exhibition we have commissioned a short video discussing and illustrating the collection. 


"Indica Books And Gallery. Masons Yard Indica Off Duke St. St. James"

Counterculture at Maggs Bros recently acquired a piece of 1960s wrapping paper from Phillida Gili, the widow of  film maker and collector Jonathan Gili. 


1467: Voyages and Travel Is Now Available Online

The Travel department is pleased to announce the launch of our latest catalogue which can be viewed by clicking here.


Radio Counterculture, Counterculture on The Radio and at Harvard, Sex in Germany

The last few months have been very busy with cataloguing and other pursuits, see our catalogue downloads section on Maggs.com for the new Catalogue #1463, Radio Counterculture.


Edna O'Brien launches A Little Dust

Edna O'Brien helped launch our catalogue of the Gatch family's superb Yeats family collection with a poetry reading at 50 Berkeley Square.


"Know Drugs Please" Maggs at the Boston Book Fair and Harvard's Houghton Library.

Maggs Bros Ltd are delighted to announce that we'll be exhibiting at the 36th Annual Boston Book Fair, and  Carl Williams will be delivering a talk at the Houghton Library on Wednesday November 14 on Collecting Counter Culture.


Maggs beneath the Covers

Twelve artists have been commissioned to create works inspired by books or manuscripts from Maggs An exciting new Arts Council England sponsored project, Maggs beneath the Covers responds to rare and unique publications not normally available for public view. 


Maggs gift vouchers

We now have Maggs gift vouchers for sale. Printed by letterpress at the Evergreen Press in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, they make a lovely gift for any bibliophile.  If you would like to order one please contact Ben Brown at ben@maggs.com.


Malcolm Douglas: A Truly Rude Briton.

We have listed the remarkable graphic art archive, consisting of some 200 sheets of artwork, of Malcolm Douglas, including his work for Oink!


F!ART. The ‘70s ‘cheesecake’ photography of Russ Karel.

Russ Karel’s 71 beautiful, large, photographs of naked and semi-naked young women in domestic interiors are some of the oddest and finest photographs from the period.


The Man Who Saves Life Stories

Take out half an hour of your life to listen to ‘The Man Who Saves Life Stories’, the story of Dr Irving Finkel, Assistant Keeper, Ancient Mesopotamian (i.e. Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian) script, languages and cultures at the British Museum, and his search for a home for his collection of diaries by ‘ordinary’ people


The Australian Antiquarian Book Fair

We're delighted to announce that we'll be exhibiting at the 39th ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair in Melbourne. The fair will run from Friday 27 July to Sunday 29 July and is part of Melbourne Rare Book Week. It will be held at Wilson Hall in the beautiful grounds of the University of Melbourne.



Maggs are very pleased to be hosting an exhibition of Kate Murray-Browne's paintings in the gallery. The exhibition will be open to the public on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April (11am-4pm) and by appointment on Monday 30th April and Tue 1st May.


Nice notice of Underground London by the Telegraph

We've had a surge of visitors to the Savage and Said show, after the following nice notice in the Telegraph. 


Antony Donaldson

Antony Donaldson is an old friend of the house, and one of the nicest characters in the art racket today. 


Patrick Keiller at the Tate

We were off to the Tate on Monday for the opening of The Robinson Institute, byPatrick Keiller. He acts here as a guest curator, using the Tate's collections as raw material to illustrate and interpret his most recent film Robinson in Ruins


The Whitechapel Gallery

Maggs is very pleased to have provided a selection of books from our Modern Department that are currently being displayed in Do or DIY, by Information as Material at the Whitechapel Gallery.


The London Library

At Maggs we have some half dozen London Library memberships between our score of staff, and there are few days that see none of us up there. I love the Library very much indeed. For me it combines for me the qualities of the haven and the hotbed: I relish the luxurious silence of the stacks, and cherish the frisson of revelation that (on a good day) the indexes and tables of contents will offer up.


The Maggs Bag hits Manhattan

We're very grateful to John Waters, film-maker, cultural commentator, style icon and book collector, for pointing out this wonderful bit of street fashion blogging from the Wall Street Journal


News about 'From the Westbourne to the Wandle'

SF Said's Polaroids illustrated Tom Bolton's Strange Attractor book 'London's Lost Rivers'. Tom Bolton discussed London's waterways on the Urbanist show from Monocle 24, see here here for the full programme.


Jon Savage and SF Said

Maggs Counterculture and Strange Attractor present From the Westbourne to the Wandle: Jon Savage's Uninhabited London photos and SF Said's London's Lost Rivers Polaroids at Maggs Gallery.


Liberty Realm

News from Strange Attractor Press: a limited edition, signed and numbered illustrated book on the art of Cathy Ward entitled ‘Liberty Realm’ will be released to coincide with the group show Unstable at Maggs Gallery, May 8 – June 8. Clickhere for the catalogue.



Maggs Counterculture and Strange Attractor present ‘Unstable’. New and old artwork from Battle of the Eyes (Savage Pencil and Eyeball), Joel Biroco, Julian House and Cathy Ward, at Maggs Gallery, 50 Hays Mews, London, W1J 5QJ.


Immaculate Collection

The February issue of Dazed and Confused, the British Style Magazine started by Jefferson Hack and Rankin, has a four page spread, in the Cult VIP section,on Maggs, Counterculture.


Dickens on Film

Maggs will be appearing in the Arena documentary, Dickens on Film, which will be shown on BBC FOUR on the 10th January at 10pm. We were delighted to make available our collection of Dickens first editions to the Arena team, and to discuss with them what makes Dickens so popular and significant today.


Sir Donald Hawley Collection

Maggs Bros. Ltd. is pleased to offer for sale the books of Sir Donald Hawley, a fine collection of Middle Eastern books that were accumulated during the course of a long and illustrious diplomatic career spent mostly in the Arab world.


Welcome to the new Maggs website

After much hard work we are pleased to unveil our new website. Here you will find a regularly updated selection of our stock, information about Maggs, its history and its staff as well as articles about book collecting, all our latest news and events.