Linderism at Home

Following government instructions, Hatton Gallery will remain closed until 2 December at the earliest. Meanwhile, you can explore the Linderism exhibition virtually with a range of digital content.

About the exhibition

LinderUntitled, 1977, Photomontageframed size 30 x 38 cmimage size 13.6 x 21 cm, 5 3/8 x 8 1/4 ins © Linder Sterling. Courtesy the artist; Modern Art, London; Dépendance,Brussels; Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, Paris; and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo.

Linderism, which was previously on show at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, is the first UK survey exhibition of Linder (b. 1954) and spans five decades of the artist’s career.

Linder is well known for her radical feminist photomontage which cuts through the veneer of print culture. An important figure in the punk movement, she designed artwork for bands including Buzzcocks and Magazine, as well as for her own post-punk band Ludus, of which she was founder and lead singer.

Julie Milne, Chief Curator of Art Galleries at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Linder and bring such a large collection of her work to Newcastle. Linder's style is a great fit for the Hatton, particularly with the Gallery’s links to collage and Pop Art through renowned artist and former Newcastle University lecturer Richard Hamilton, and the influence of Dada on Kurt Schwitters, whose Merz Barn Wall resides in the gallery.” 

Linder said: “It is an honour and several ambitions fulfilled to be able to show my work at Hatton Gallery, where Schwitters, Picabia and Richard Hamilton all had ground-breaking exhibitions.  

Hatton Gallery has played host to great art in which glamour meets intellectualism and the influence of Dada and Pop on my work is profound.” 

The exhibition explores every area of Linder’s diverse practice, from her emergence in the Manchester punk scene of the 1970s to her more recent interventionist public commissions. The title ‘Linderism’ claims the artist’s work is its own art historical movement but also gestures to Linder’s interest in style, from the artistic to the fashionable.  

The exhibition includes examples of photomontage works from throughout her career, from the early work exposing the domestic consumerism of the 1970s, to later works that are more complex meditations on representation, myth and belief. In some of the later photomontages luscious roses obscure the features of nude models, conveying beauty as a form of camouflage, while other pieces, combining fashion plates and interiors advertisements, stage metamorphoses where models physically merge with pieces of furniture. 

Linderism is organised by Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge in association with Hatton Gallery. 


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