All together now: It was 30 years ago today….
Well this week anyway that The Sex Pistols sailed down the Thames during the Queen’s silver jubilee and played God save the Queen whilst sailing past the houses of parliament. Punk generated its own art iconography and a new exhibition starts this week at the Barbican Art Gallery. Jamie Reid’s iconic work for the cover of God save the Queen is naturally present at the exhibition that includes various works from 30 artists. Not all of the art is from the period itself with some being created more recently but using punk as its inspiration.
The gallery curator Ariella Yedgar is quoted as saying “We hope that by bringing 30 artists together under one roof for the first time, we can draw further comparisons between the urban decay of both London and New York at a time of political unrest and economic inequality.”
The exhibition runs from June 5th until September 9th 2007
The Beeb has a slideshow