GLAM: The Performance of Style

Lifestyle Arts and Culture Creativity

The exhibition GLAM! is a production of Tate Liverpool and is presented in collaboration with the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and the LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz. The show is devoted to the phenomenon of Glam, which originated in Great Britain in the early 70s, importing opulence, glamour and extravagance as forms of expression to the most diverse genres of art.

With its wealth of exhibits the show embraces exponents of Glam as diverse as David Bowie, Glitter Rock and Roxy Music; stylists and fashion designers such as Ossie Clark and Antony Price; and film, photography, graphic design and fine art – with artists such as Gilbert & George, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sheman and Richard Hamilton.

Glam marks the historic moment when the conventional boundaries separating "serious" and "popular" culture proved irrelevant. Glam can also be considered to be a sequel to the agenda of the avant-garde with new means, using irony, irreverence, exaggeration and androgynous masks to support its refusal to pander to reality. This is the first exhibition to take stock at a high level of the Glam subculture, its style and art, and of the visual culture of the period.

The exhibition book Glam! The Performance of Style" is the first book to fully examine the serious cultural influence of one of the twentieth century's most excessive and exciting pop movements.

GLAM! The Performance of Style
Including texts by Stella Rollig, Darren Pih, Judith Watt, Mike Kelley, Simon Reynolds, Alwyn W. Turner, Neil Mulholland, Dominic Johnson, Michael Bracewell, Glenn O'Brien, Jean-Christophe Ammann, Jonathan Harris and Barry Curtis.
192 pp

Author: Darren Pih
Publisher: Tate Publishing