“Linda McCartney Retrospective” exhibition in Liverpool

August 8 - December 30, 2020
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Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

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From Linda McCartney:

The Linda McCartney Retrospective curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, featuresmore than 250 images, includes never before seen intimate family moments caught in Linda’s inimitable style of Christmas time, spent in Liverpool and Wirral. The exhibition features images of some of the most iconic artists and moments from the 1960s music scene, alongside intimate and arresting family portraits. The photographs capture the world as Linda experienced it, representing the people, places and landscape around her in her inimitable spontaneous and experimental style.

A wealth of ephemera and archive materials will also be displayed, including some of Linda’s journals from the 1960s and a number of her cameras. Contact sheets, Polaroids and sun prints all feature, demonstrating Linda’s creativity and interest in early and experimental photographic processes.

Her photographs taken in Liverpool feature some of the city’s most famous streets and landmarks. In order to avoid being recognised in public, Linda would often shoot the city through car windows, capturing interesting perspectives with great spontaneity. Windswept images of the family spending time together near the waterfront at Hoylake, Wirral, also feature.

We’re particularly looking forward to displaying a series of photographs taken in Liverpool and on the Wirral which haven’t been exhibited before. From Liverpool’s city centre streets, to Wirral’s coastal spots, it’s fantastic to see these familiar sights through Linda’s eyes.

Sandra Penketh, Executive Director for Galleries and Collections Care at National Museums LiverpoolFrom Linda McCartney
On the pier. Wirral, 1968 – From Linda McCartney
From ‘There Are Places I Remember’: A Christmas Carol (a Linda McCartney photograph) (beatlesliverpoollocations.blogspot.com) : The previously unpublished photo above was taken at Rembrandt, the house in Heswall Paul bought for his father Jim in 1964.
At Christmas 1968, days after Paul, Linda and Heather returned from a holiday in Portugal a group of Carol singers knocked at Jim’s house. Can you  imagine their surprise when Paul McCartney answered the door, guitar in hand, and joined them for a festive sing song?!

Last updated on April 19, 2021


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