Remembering an unsung star of the 60s

Published 1:50 PM ET, Tue March 10, 2015
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Robert Fraser, the London gallerist best known for getting arrested with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in 1967 (here he is handcuffed to Jagger), is the subject of a new exhibition at Pace London. Ted West/Central Press/Getty Images
His first London gallery, which was open from 1962 to 1969, showed some of the biggest names in contemporary art, including Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Jim Dine and Jean Dubuffet. His exhibitions attracted the likes of Marlon Brando, Marianne Faithfull and William Burroughs, along with the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Fred Mott/Evening Standard/Getty Images
In 1968, Fraser hosted John Lennon and Yoko Ono's first joint art exhibition You Are Here at his gallery. At the opening, the Lennon and Ono released 365 helium balloons outside the gallery. Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
After leaving the London art scene, Fraser reemerged in 1983 to open a new gallery on Cork Street. The opening exhibition? Paintings by Brian Clarke, who curated the Pace exhibition. Courtesy Pace Gallery London
"You cannot avoid that he had tremendous and sophisticated insight into what was the throbbing pulse of the moment. And it was not intentional, it was just who he was," says Clarke (far right) of Fraser (far left). Courtesy Pace Gallery London
Swingeing London '67 by pop artist Richard Hamilton immortalized Fraser's bust with the Stones. © R. Hamilton. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2015
A portrait of Fraser by Jean-Michel Basquiat recalls the fact that Fraser was the first to show the American artist in Britain. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2014
Portrait of John Edwards (1988) by Irish artist Francis Bacon -- a mutual friend to Fraser and Clarke -- is also part of the exhibition. © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2015