Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Glam!, Tate Liverpool

A while ago I went to the Tate in Liverpool to see the new Glam! The Performance of Style  Exhibition. An exhibition that explored the power and the popularity of glam in the sixties and seventies. A time when fashion, music and art were fusing and working together, and included what was known as the "in crowd" that included musicians, artists and models, people who were known for their spontaneous fashion and the way they stood out from the crowd with the way they were dressed and their style.
The show had a large collection of items including paintings, installations, sculpture, music posters, prints, photography, moving image, short films, fashion, and vinyl art.
When walking into the show you are welcomed by influential music that was popular in the 60's and 70's, you then notice the colour and vibrancy of the walls, painted a bright fuchsia pink, and the walls covered in photographs, music posters and vinyl records.
Artists that were included were of course Andy Warhol, one of the most significant and influential artists during the period. It also included some of Richard Hamilton's collages, and a David Hockney painting.
It also included some musical artists who were in the height of their career during the 60's and 70's, including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, New York Dolls, Debbie Harry, and Lou Reed. I loved seeing the photographs and the contrast of the artists performing live and then the glamour and beauty of them in photoshoots, for magazines and album covers.
One of my favourite parts of the exhibition were the photographs of David Bowie, there were some that I had never seen before and thought that they were really beautiful, and because his appearance was constantly changing, no two did he look the same.

I think I was only disappointed that there wasn't more fashion and clothing items in the exhibition, I would have thought that there would have been much more fashion included in the exhibition as it was such an important  and memorable part of this era, and the fashion was very interesting and flamboyant. There was a few fashion garments in the show, one worn by Brian Eno, there was also a couple of sketches of designs for garments by Ossie Clarke that I thought were really interesting. Also, there was the painting 'Mr and Mrs Clarke and Percy' by David Hockney.