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Linder Exhibition at the Goss-Michael Foundation

Papaver Orientale by Linder Sterling, 2008

Papaver Orientale by Linder Sterling, 2008

Goss-Michael Foundation
October 19, 2012 through January 31, 2013

The Goss-Michael Foundation is pleased to present an exhibition by British artist Linder Sterling, known throughout the art world by her first name, Linder.  The exhibition will open to the public on Friday, October 19, 2012 and continue through Thursday, January 31, 2013.

The Goss-Michael Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a forum for contemporary art and with a focus on British art by presenting exhibitions and programs, aims to educate, engage and inspire young and adult audiences in Texas, the United States and around the world.  Previous exhibitions have featured Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Sarah Lucas, Marc Quinn, Michael Craig-Martin, Jim Lambie, Nigel Cooke and Adam McEwen.

Linder’s show at The Goss-Michael Foundation will consist of a large group of her characteristic collages and new large-scale photographs displayed in light-boxes, each of  which are part of the private collection of George Michael and Kenny Goss.  Working in all mediums from music, to collage to performance and film to theatre and two dimensional art, Linder became known in 1976 as one of the main players in the Manchester punk scene.

In the late 1970’s Linder started using collage to juxtapose porn images with images of house appliances, or other desired objects, sharing the subversive practices of the punk movement. By mixing up fractured signals and messages out of context, Linder exposed the way social images are constructed. Her Buzzcocks ‘Orgasm Addict’ single sleeve which depicts a nude female body with mouths at the nipples and a household iron in place of the head is now considered an iconic symbol of the punk movement.

Since the 1970’s, Linder has consistently and uncompromisingly embraced radical feminist perspectives and explored the media treatment of the female body in particular. In the collages, photomontages and performances Linder has made since this time, she sets about recasting and colliding the ideals of commercially and culturally rendered expectations of gender-specificity and identity.

A major part of the show at the Goss-Michael Foundation consists of large-scale light-boxes with new montages, originally hand-spliced as before and then re-photographed. The use of the light-box gives these works the lush and tantalizing characteristics of advertising light-boxes, the emblems of our consumerist world that came to dominate the media and the landscape of the western world in recent years. Linder takes over this powerful tool of mass media and turns it to itself to expose socially and culturally reinforced norms and expectations of gender identity, sexual commodification and representations of desire.

Papaver Orientale by Linder Sterling, 2008

Papaver Orientale by Linder Sterling, 2008

Born Linda Mulvey in Liverpool in 1954, she made up the name Linder Sterling in Manchester in the mid-to-late 1970’s, is now known simply as Linder, and is considered one of the most important British artists of her generation.  Her work will be the subject of a retrospective exhibition at Musée d’Art Moderne De La Ville de Paris / ARC,Paris , France in 2012.

>Linder’s work has been featured in museum exhibitions including Destroy: Punk Graphic Design in Britain, Royal Festival Hall, London (1998); The Secret Public: The last days of the British Underground 1978 – 1988, Kunstverein Munich, Germany, touring to ICA, London (2006-2007); Panic Attack! Art in the Punk Years, Barbican, London, touring to the Maison des Arts in Créteil, France (2007-2008); Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll since 1967, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA (2007-2008); Punk. No One is Innocent, Kunsthalle Vienna, Vienna, Austria (2008); The Dark Monarch, Tate, St Ives (2009); and Art For Whom?, Tate Britain, London (2010-2011).  Linder’s solo exhibitions have included The Return of Linderland, Cornerhouse, Manchester, England (2000); The Lives of Women Dreaming, Futura Gallery, British Council, Prague, Czech Republic (2004); PS1/Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (2007); and Pretty Girl. No.1, Baltic, Gateshead (2007).

Linder’s performance The Working Class Goes to Paradise was first presented in Manchester in 2000 and re-presented in London in 2006 for the Tate Triennial.  Linder also performed at London’s Royal Festival Hall (2004) and at Le Magasin, Grenoble, France in 2007.  In 2010, Linder made two iterations of her 13-hour performance The Darktown Cakewalk, Celebrated House of FAME in Glasgow and at London’s Chisenhale Gallery. Linder’s film Forgetful Green was commissioned for Frieze Projects, London, in 2010.

Goss-Michael Foundation

The Goss-Michael Foundation was founded by George Michael and Kenny Goss in June 2007. The Foundation offers the public a rotating schedule of exhibitions derived from Goss and Michael’s private collection of British contemporary art as well as other institutions. These exhibitions serve as a challenge to preconceived art notions and strive to set a new standard in artistic awareness by providing visitors with fresh and fascinating art experiences. Through these experiences, the Foundation hopes to generate new perspectives and conversations on the creative methods of contemporary artists. Locally, the Foundation is dedicated to contributing to Dallas’ thriving artistic community and enhancing the public’s familiarity and interaction with contemporary and emerging British artists. The Foundation fosters young artists in Dallas, and throughout Texas through numerous scholarships and art education programs.

The Goss-Michael Foundation hour are Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm, Monday by appointment only. There is no charge to visit the Foundation.

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