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2002-Mar-22: Linda's "Pin Ups" at the Tate

A new exhibition featuring some of Linda McCartney's celebrity photographs will open at Liverpool's Tate gallery next week.  The show is called "Pin-Up: Glamour and Celebrity Since the Sixties" and will include Linda's photos of Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Cliff Richard and Naomi Campbell.  These pictures are being shown for the first time since they were donated to the Tate by private collectors in 1975.  Vicky Charnock, the show's co-curator explains:
"Linda had started to do photographic work on New York's Town and Country magazine. The story goes that she was working as an administrative assistant when an invitation came in for a press launch involving the Rolling Stones.  She took the invitation herself, went along and she photographed Mick Jagger and Brian Jones."
Of course all this led to Linda becoming Mrs. Paul McCartney and as such, she enjoyed unique access to these artists and was able to photograph them both at work and at play.  The Tate was thrilled to have found these treasures in their own collection.

Along with Linda's works, the exhibit will include other artist's photographs and paintings as well as trinkets, objects, and memorabilia:

"What we are trying to do is look at the crossover between the ideas of art and celebrity and the theme of fame.  What do you need to become famous? Has it changed since the 1960s? Do you need to be talented to become a celebrity or
can you become one for the smallest thing?  Can we all have our 15 minutes of fame as Andy Warhol once predicted? Our exhibition is in three sections film stars, pop stars and models. These are the areas most popular with artists."
(There are no sporting stars, no Royals and no politicians).
The exhibition is essentially lighthearted and aimed at family audiences. It will be shown with free entry in the Liverpool Tate ground floor gallery . "Pin-Up" opens on Tuesday and its run has already been extended until next January.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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