Ralph Steadman: The Art of Gonzo

Ralph Steadman: The Art of Gonzo commemorates the iconic artist’s historic 1970 visit to Churchill Downs to work with Kentucky journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Although the two had never met, their 1970 Kentucky Derby collaboration would result in the article “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved”, originally published in Scanlan’s Monthly. The success of this article led to continued collaborations between Steadman and Thompson, and the birth of the former’s unique artistic style that is instantly recognizable by many. In 2019, Churchill Downs invited Steadman to produce original work honoring his 1970 trip, which is a feature of this exhibition.

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