WRITTEN BY MR.JULIAN FIRTH
McQueens show, underwhelming for a national institution, The Tate. Unlike other recent shows, Turner, Malevich, say, there is no attempt to see Lee McQueens work in its broader context, the subversive night-club world he emerged from, and the steady arc of high fashion into glossy-couture, and the importance of other players, Les Costiffs, P.Treacy and Isabella Blow.
In particular , Nick Waplington commented elsewhere about the elephant in the room when he was working on this shoot being Leigh Bowery. This unsupported canonisation McQueen has undergone needs to be backed up with reference and appreciation that he acquired traditional skills and became creative in the mainstream as presented in this exhibition, and still preserved the sharp adjunctive sarcasm and wit that enhanced and valued the person wearing his clothes in ways they couldn’t have imagined, because of the strength of the roots from which he had grown – a world that is as evanescent as it was startling and inspiring.
IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED MY REVIEW FOR ‘THE PILL’