Linder, untitled, 1981, photomontage on paper, 12 3/8 x 7 1/2".


“Linder: Femme/Objet

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
July 19–April 21, 2013

Curated by Emmanuelle de l’Ecotais

What makes Linder Sterling’s artwork so different, so appealing? Perhaps the sawn-off, Schwittersesque Merz that blasts through her DIY collages. Hacking images of household appliances, gooey cakes, facial features, and body parts from the pages of glamour magazines, the Liverpool-born artist creates photomontages that have come to define punk-era aesthetics: her iconic cover art for the Buzzcocks’ 1977 “Orgasm Addict” single; the art fanzine The Secret Public, which she published with Jon Savage in 1978. This Parisian retrospective will gather some two hundred works and ephemera, including photographs, costumes, and videos, as well as footage from her more recent, ritualistic performance practice. While her atavistic parallel universe has already shown at a range of venues, including Tate Britain and London’s Stuart Shave/Modern Art, this effort will afford the most panoramic view of “Linderland” to date.