Monday 6 January 2014

Review of Transformer: Aspects of Travesty at Richard Saltoun

Transformer: Aspects of Travesty
Richard Saltoun
13 December 2013 – 14 February 2014

Hot on the heels of the movie success of ‘Behind the Candelabra’, Richard Saltoun’s current exhibition transports its visitors back to the era of 1970s glam-rock, to a time when fashion and art were taking ever increasing steps into the exploration of self identity through the blurring of lines of gender binaries, transgressing the norms of masculine and feminine, and bringing aspects of transvestism into mainstream culture. In 1974, the ground-breaking show ‘Transformer: Aspects of Travesty’ was curated by Jean-Christophe Ammann at the Kunstmuseum Lucerne, Switzerland. Although it received no publicity in the UK, it caused quite a stir across Europe, where it went on to tour through Austria and Germany. Now, to mark its 40th anniversary, young Goldsmiths alumna, independent writer and curator, Giulia Casalini, has reunited all 12 original artists to restage a slightly abridged but well worthy homage to this influential exhibition.  

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