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Linda McCartney Retrospective

Last updated on January 5, 2021


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  • Location: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, UK

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From Linda McCartney Retrospective (glasgowlife.org.uk):

A major retrospective photographic exhibition, which is curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney and features iconic names and moments in music from the 1960s along with more intimate and emotional later work by this acclaimed and prolific photographer.

The retrospective features a wealth of ephemera and archive material, which is being shown in public for the first time. This will include one of Linda’s diaries from the 1960s, bringing new insight into the contemporary music scene of the era and the beginnings of her photographic career.

Cameras used by Linda and held in her archive will also be displayed along with photographic equipment and vintage magazines that have been uncovered from her expansive archive. Polaroids and contact sheets will also be part of the exhibition which explore her creativity and use of the different photographic techniques.

The Retrospective will feature a section dedicated to the photographs Linda took in Scotland alongside the themes of family life, self portraits, nature and social commentary.

From paulmccartney.com, June 7, 2019:

To celebrate the first UK showing of the Linda McCartney Retrospective, the limited-edition colour vinyl LP pressing of Wide Prairie will be available exclusively for one month prior to the album’s general release at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow from the exhibition’s July 5thopening. The major retrospective of Linda’s photography has been curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney.

From paulmccartney.com, October 10, 2019:

Paul has donated a set of limited edition photographs by his late wife Linda McCartney to Glasgow Museums.

Linda’s Pictures comprises 14 photographs, three of which were taken in Scotland. The collection includes portraits of superstar musicians from her early career, as well as intimate and humorous McCartney family photographs taken throughout the 1970s. The images by the former US female photographer of the year will be available to view on request at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre.

The Linda McCartney Retrospective, which is curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, is currently on show for the first time in the UK at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. It runs until 12 January 2020. Themes of the exhibition include The Sixties, Family Life, Self Portraits, Animals and Nature, People & Places, Making the Magic, and Scotland.

The gift of works are published in an edition of 150. Many of the people she photographed were and went on to become influential global cultural icons. This set includes images of Mick Jagger and Brian Jones from her first professional photo shoot, complemented by cherished snapshots of her growing family and love of animals, nature and ongoing interest in recording the world around her.

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The Linda McCartney Retrospective at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has been very warmly received. We were delighted to be the first venue in the UK to show this exhibition and our greatest thanks go to Sir Paul McCartney for his incredibly generous gift. This wonderful addition to our collection ensures visitors to Glasgow Museums can continue to engage with and enjoy Linda McCartney’s stunning work for generations to come.” […]

Fiona Hayes, curator of social history with Glasgow Museums, said: “Linda McCartney was a talented photographer who showed a real flair for capturing popular culture in the 1960s and the huge changes in attitude, dress and lifestyle that followed. She was at the very heart of these changes and her easy, creative, artistic style of photography perfectly reflected this time.

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