28th February, 2013

'Glam! The Performance of Style' at Tate Liverpool


Opened to the public on the 8th of February the ambitious new Tate Liverpool exhibition enters into an area untouched before by the Tate family. Glam! focuses on the glam rock period of 1971–1975 and features over 100 pieces of art.

Although Liverpool is proud of its presence during the 1960’s the Tate’s ‘Glam’ exhibition comes as a fresh change to your normal insight into 20th century style, music and life. Although the exhibition obviously tries to stray away from the most talked about of music decades, the 1960’s, it can’t escape its influence in its starting point.

The exhibition opens with a combination of ‘art, music & fashion’ and for most pieces in this section you can see the influence the 1960’s be that in David Hockney’s iconic painting Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy (1971) or the work of Gilbert & George and Nice Style: The World’s First Pose Band.

Alongside the 1960’s influenced work is a ‘spectacular glitter-strewn’ installation that feels like a tribute to the 1970’s. An almost chaotic tribute to the 1970’s lavished with mirror balls, stage lighting and the music of perhaps the definitive glam artist, David Bowie.

Glam! The Performance of Style moves away from Britain and across the Atlantic to examine the glam culture in New York. The Glam! exhibition traces the evolution of camp and androgyny using the work of Jack Smith and Peter Hujar and also considering Andy Warhol to be a key figure in the glam movement.

Combining historical, iconic and theatrical elements Glam! offers a refreshing new perspective on 1970s art and visual culture and leaves you with an insight into the influence and impression the glam period had on the decades succeeding it.

Glam! The Performance of Style

Tate Liverpool
8 February – 12 May 2013 (Press View – Thursday 7 February)
£8.00/£6.00 (Gift Aid with donation)




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