Preview - Public View
Art heavyweights Mark Leckey, Jeremy Deller and Yoko Ono are among those exhibiting in Bluecoat's new Public View show.
Drawn from over 50 years of art at Bluecoat, Public View (4 February - 23 April 2017) features 100 artists who have previously exhibited at the gallery, many at the beginning of their careers, and several now high profile artists.
Public View will present paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs and video from international names inclsuing John Akomfrah, Jeremy Deller and Yoko Ono, to younger artists such as Jamie Shovlin and Niamh O’Malley.
The exhibition includes documentation of performances in 1967 at Bluecoat by Yoko Ono and Mark Boyle and paintings and prints by popular Liverpool artists with long Bluecoat associations including Adrian Henri. Also included are screen printed posters by designer Malcolm Garrett for an early Buzzcocks’ gig and an editioned print of Peter Saville’s first poster for Factory.
Pete Frame’s Eric’s Progeny family tree, charts the careers of musicians associated with Liverpool’s famous club. The work is courtesy of artist, musician, writer and record producer Bill Drummond, who himself has work in the exhibition. Also included is Jeremy Deller’s print History of the World, which resulted from his Acid Brass, commissioned by Bluecoat in 1997.
Bluecoat has been showing new art for over 100 years, from Roger Fry’s seminal Post-Impressionists exhibition in 1911 that featured Picasso and Matisse, to showcases of the next generation of artists like the recent Bloomberg New Contemporaries.
Image: Malcolm Garrett, Buzzcocks Love Battery poster 1977, courtesy of the artist.