On the 28th of March I was going back to Poland for Easter. My plane was taking of from Liverpool in the afternoon. Then I decided to leave Wrexham early morning in order to visit Tate Modern in Liverpool. I Was really looking forward too see it, encouraged by the fact that its the second biggest Museum of Modern Art in Britain after Tate Modern in London. As I’ve been to the London branch quite recently, and got knocked down on my knees by it, I had really hight expectations from the Liverpool squad.
The gallery opened in 1988 and is housed in a converted warehouse within the Albert Dock on Liverpool’s waterfront. As I’ve visited the place on Thursday at noon the gallery was almost empty, so took a tour in peace and quiet.
GLAM! The performance of style
“Glam, a visually extravagant pop style exploded across Britain during the years 1971–5. The exciting, futuristic sounds, extravagant fashions and glitter-dappled personas emerging in this era had their roots firmly in British art schools”
My first association with glam is David Bowie, sexual freedom and men with strong make up, dressed in a distinctive way. The exhibition reveals the style and shows how big was it’s impact to all fields of art, bringing together more than 100 pieces.
Pink walls, glitter and sparkles, David Bowie music. They all make a reliable background. Because Glam is more than a visual style. It may be understood as an attitude or state of mind.
Words which i think represents the style best are:
- self awareness
- art infused lifestyle
- personal transformation
- refined dandyism
- artifice and eroticism
- amplified vision
The exhibition has presented great names like Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton, Allen Johnes and many many other. The works of Sigmar Polke’s, David Hockney and Patrick Proctor I liked best. But the the biggest kick out I explored on the show was the diverse typography which appeared on magazine covers, posters, vinyl jackets and other illustrations or publications. Also photos of Jimmy De Sana of -which I have never heard before -affected me the most.
I find Glam! exhibition as a cool experience. The early 70’s challenge to what could be considered as fine arts, gave people freedom of life and of choice. It was a complete breakthrough. Glam inspires now and will inspire next generations as well.
Sylvia Sleigh born in 916 (died in 2010) was a Welsh-born naturalised American realist painter.
“I feel that my paintings stress the equality of men & women (women & men). To me, women were often portrayed as sex objects in humiliating poses. I wanted to give my perspective. I liked to portray both man and woman as intelligent and thoughtful people with dignity and humanism that emphasized love and joy”.
The thing that catch the eye in her paintings are detailed and rich patterns. She thoughtfully selects colours which I actually find a bit faded. Based on what I’ve seen in Tate I also have an impression that she overdraws the faces of people she is painting. But despite that, I think of her work as surprising, but not that impressing.