Linda McCartney Retrospective
Walker Art Gallery – Until 01/11
The Walker Art Gallery is welcoming visitors back with a big hitter of an exhibition to see them through until November. Rescheduled from an original opening date in April, it’s a much anticipated show displaying the iconic work of a woman who captured the essence of multiple decades at the close of the 20th Century.
The Linda McCartney Retrospective is open now and can be enjoyed via advance booking on the Walker’s website. An impressively comprehensive career overview, curated by husband Paul and daughter Mary, the exhibition covers everything from LINDA MCCARTNEY’s early-career music photography among the movers and shakers of the 1960s, through intimate family moments at her home in Kintyre, to her more stylised Sun Prints series. It is rare that a photography exhibition takes in so much of a career and gives a fully holistic picture of a life at the same time.
The exhibition takes in more than 250 photographs, spanning from the photographer’s early work when based in New York City, to the 1990s when McCartney was either side of the Atlantic having conquered the pop world as part of Wings. For local audiences there are familiar scenes around Liverpool and the Wirral in warmingly candid familial moments; for the music historian, rock luminaries Simon and Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin all make appearances in the exhibition. There are rare shots of the Fab Four loitering at the iconic crossing before the famous Abbey Road shoot, as well as in the studio for the recording of their later, seminal works. The show provides a fascinating window into the life of a passionate activist, artist, and family woman.