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Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait

London’s Jewish Museum opens a new exhibition this week, taking an intimate look at the life of the late artist Amy Winehouse. Supported by Amy’s family, the museum has been given unprecedented access to the singer’s belongings, including her guitar, record collection and iconic outfits. Located in the heart of Camden, Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait celebrates Amy’s passion for music, fashion, London and her family.

Amy Winehouse by Mark Okoh

The exhibition centres around four themes: Judaism, Family and Home; Amy and London, Music and the artist's status as a Style Icon. Amongst the items on display is a pin-up style gingham dress, designed by Amy as part of her collaboration with Fred Perry. 

Amy's brother, Alex Winehouse, played a major role in the exhibition and says: "I hope, in this most fitting of places that the world gets to see this other side not only to Amy, but to our typical Jewish family." Alex is also Creative Director of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, set up in Amy's memory to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. Fred Perry continues to support the foundation through a collaborative collection, as well as the auction of 60 customised shirts by famous fans of the brand, including The Specials, Damon Albarn and Bradley Wiggins.

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait runs from 3rd July - 15th September 2013. For further information and tickets, visit: www.jewishmuseum.org.uk/Amy

See the Fred Perry 60 Years Auction in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation here.

What Presence! Post Punk Photography

Photographer Harry Papadopoulos takes a step back in time to explore the glamour and grit of the 1980s post punk music scene, in new exhibition What Presence!

Taking place at the McManus Art Gallery & Museum, Dundee, the new exhibition offers a glimpse behind the lens of one of Scotland’s most legendary music photographers, featuring the likes of Aztec Camera, The Birthday Party, The Specials and The Clash.

Suggs of Madness, by Harry Papadopoulos

Orange Juice, by Harry Papadopoulos

Aztec Camera, by Harry Papadopoulos

A self-taught photographer, Papadopoulos began his career by selling photographs to gig-goers outside the Apollo in the late 1970s. He later became a staff photographer for Sounds magazine where he captured a number of music stars on film: from Blondie to David Bowie, the Associates to Devo, by way of Joy Division, Bryan Ferry and Siouxsie and the Banshees. A cult figure on the music scene, Papadopoulos’ London flat became a second home to fellow Scots migrants such as Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, Josef K and The Bluebells.

What Presence! is a touring exhibition from the Streetlevel Photoworks in Glasgow, which was co-curated by singer from The Bluebells, Ken McCluskey. Taking place until Sunday 11th August, the exhibition will be accompanied by a series of talks, impromptu music events and workshops.

All images © Henry Papadopoulos.

www.mcmanus.co.uk

D.C. Subcultures of the 1980s

Washington D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery of Art has recently opened a new exhibition, looking at the visual culture created by local subcultural groups during the 1980s. Aside from its obvious significance as America’s capital city, D.C. has a vibrant musical history, acting as the birthplace for the ‘Go-Go’ funk movement pioneered by the likes of Chuck Brown, as well as a world-renowned punk and hardcore scene.

Various Hardcore 7" records, 1980s. Photo by Aaron Farley. Collection of Roger Gastman.

Various Hardcore 7" records, 1980s. Photo by Aaron Farley. Collection of Roger Gastman.

Pump Me Up features photos, flyers, posters, records, stage clothes, instruments and video footage all made between 1980 and 1992, effectively bringing the era back to life within the gallery space. Alongside D.C's emerging music scenes came the birth of a stripped-down street art movement. The exhibition features sections devoted to some of the area’s most iconic graffiti art, as well as concert posters made by the Baltimore-based Globe printing press.

Go-go graffiti by GO-GO SHORTY, c. 1985. Photo by EON.

Go-go graffiti by GO-GO SHORTY, c. 1985. Photo by EON.

In addition to the exhibition comes the release of a 320-page book of the same name, complete with foreword by Sarah Newman, curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran. A special 90 minute documentary will also be released, looking at the life of local graffiti legend Cool ‘Disco’ Dan. Narrated by former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins, the film includes interviews with Chuck brown, civil rights advocate Walter Fauntroy and several prolific graffiti artists.

Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s will be held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from February 23rd – April 7th, 2013.