Air Guitar: Art Reconsidering Rock Music


12 July - 1 September 2002

This exhibition explored the relationship between contemporary art and rock music from the perspective of the artist as rock music fan. The show examined how music from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s provided an enduring frame of reference for a generation of visual artists. Curated by Emma Mahony for MK Gallery, Air Guitar brought together work by emerging and well-established artists, including Bob & Roberta Smith, Luke Caulfield, Sam Durant, Christian Marclay, Seamus Nicolson and Jessica Voorsanger. Most of the pieces shown had been made within the preceding few years, and encompassed photography, video, painting, drawing and neon work. The related events programme included a talk by Kevin Cummins and Bill Drummond on 17 July and a tour of the exhibition by Emma Mahony on 20 July.

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