London

Model wearing Judy Blame’s Safety Pin Necklace, 2010. From i-D, 2010. Photo: William Baker

Model wearing Judy Blame’s Safety Pin Necklace, 2010. From i-D, 2010. Photo: William Baker

London

“Judy Blame: Never Again”

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
The Mall
June 29–September 4, 2016

Curated by Matt Williams

In the 1980s, underground stylist, designer, and art director Judy Blame collaborated with icons of the London club scenes from Leigh Bowery to Boy George, contributing to their queering of heteronormative identities and playing a key role in a subculture that expanded punk’s attack on Thatcherism into a broader subversion. It will be interesting to see how the works in the ICA’s survey of Blame’s oeuvre—DIY jewelry designs, neo-Dada collages, editorials, sketches, and clothing, all documented in an accompanying limited-edition zine—will resonate in today’s climate of neoliberal crisis, which has intensified significantly since the ’80s. The exhibition title, “Never Again”—which could be read as nostalgic, defiant, cynical, or outright nihilistic—leaves the possibilities wide-open.