Shooting Stars: Carinthia West, Britain and America in the 1970s
New exhibition for 2021 coming soon
Carinthia West’s intimate photographs of rock and film stars of the 1970s in America – and, in particular, on the glorious beaches of Malibu in California – present an upbeat and buoyant view of the decade that should remind us of the outstanding music and the great design of this much-maligned period. The exhibition’s colour, fun, and vivid exuberance are just what we need as we emerge, bleary-eyed, from the nightmare of Covid.
The traditional picture painted of the 1970s is one of doom and gloom: the inevitable hangover after the party of the Swinging Sixties. However, as Carinthia West’s fascinating photographs demonstrate – alongside home interiors, fashion, posters, album covers, and the music of the Seventies – this is only part of the picture. The 1970s was a decade of bright colours, of fun, and of self-expression. Art, music, and fashion became more relaxed and more diverse: the regulation suits of the Sixties were banished in favour of ‘peasant chic’ and ‘global pillage’, the strict Modernism of the previous decade was humanized, environmental issues were promoted to the top of the agenda, while people were encouraged to make their own life choices – to become, as David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ showed, your own work of art.
Come to this fascinating exhibition to be reminded of what life was like in a simpler age – before social media, and mobile phones.