‘The Linda McCartney Retrospective’ will feature some of the most iconic names and moments in music from the 1960s, along with more intimate and emotional later work by the acclaimed and prolific photographer Linda McCartney. Much of the work is being shown to the public for the first time.
Co-curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney as well as the Linda McCartney Archive Curator Sarah Brown, the exhibition will display ephemera and archive material along with the intimate portraits of household names and her family alike.
“The McCartney family curated this exhibition of over 500,000 archive items and chose photographs that they thought gave a good overview of Linda’s career, style and subject matters” curator Sarah Brown told me.
“It’s the first time the exhibition has come to the UK and the family were so excited that it was coming to Scotland. They have such amazing memories of living here as a family and wanted to do something special, so for Glasgow, we decided to add in Linda’s cameras.”
The exhibition also includes one of Linda’s diaries from the 1960s, an iconic vintage magazine and a postcard handwritten by Linda herself.
“What the exhibition is aiming to do is bring Linda as a photographer to a wider audience”, Brown said.
“The exhibition is an introduction to the woman behind the camera, and what she was doing in the years before she met Paul and their life in Scotland. It’s a real testament to her skill as a photographer.”
The choice to debut the exhibition in Glasgow was not by default, but rather a considered and loving gesture towards the place where the McCartney family made cherished memories. Many photographs in the collection depict the McCartney’s family life on their West Coast farm in the Mull of Kintyre and the local community in Argyll and Bute; another shows Paul crossing a road in Glasgow with a bottle of Whisky wrapped in a brown paper bag.
“Mary McCartney has described choosing Glasgow for the exhibition as a real home-coming of sorts,” said Brown.
“When they came from London, they always came via Glasgow. For the family, it made sense to have the exhibition here.
The exhibition was first shown at the Kunst Haus Wien museum in Vienna and will run until early 2020 in Glasgow.
Along with the intimate portraits of sixties life, it will champion accessibility of the arts and particularly the work of female photographers throughout the sixties.
The Linda McCartney Retrospective is showing at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Gallery until February 2020