Arts & Culture

‘Linda would have loved this … Glasgow was a place she loved’ – Paul McCartney

By Ian Marland at

A major retrospective of photography by Linda McCartney has opened in the UK for the first time.

The exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which runs from 5 July 2019 until 12 January 2020, is curated by Sir Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney.

Paul, Stella and James. Scotland, 1982

It features iconic names and moments in music from the 1960s, along with more intimate and emotional later work by this acclaimed and prolific photographer.

Sir Paul McCartney said: “It is really good having this exhibition in such a cool gallery in Glasgow.

“The whole family loves to honour Linda’s work – she would have loved this because Glasgow was a place she loved.

“She loved Scotland because it gave us a lot of fond memories, a lot of freedom and a lot of happy times.

“It is nice to have all of that encapsulated in the Kelvingrove exhibition.”

Horse in a field

Lucky Spot in Daisy Field, Sussex, 1985

The Beatles

The Beatles, Abbey Road, London, 1969

Stella McCartney said: “Through these images you meet the real mother I knew.

“You see her raw and deep talent and passion for her art, photography.

“Ahead of her time on every level this mother of four still held her camera close like a companion, she captures the world around her through her eyes and this can be seen on the walls around the exhibition.

‘Humour’

“Her humour, her love of family and nature and her moments framed with a slight surreal edge…

“Scotland was one of her favourite places on earth, and so many images were taken there.

“Enjoy her passion and compassion…”

Linda McCartney

Linda by Paul. Scotland, 1976

Paul McCartney

Paul. Glasgow, 1970

Themes of the exhibition include The Sixties, Family Life, Self Portraits, Animals and Nature, People & Places, Making the Magic, and Scotland.

The show features pictures taken at the family home in Argyll and of people from local communities in Campbeltown.

The exhibition was first shown at the Kunst Hausn Wien museum, Vienna and subsequently at The Pavillon Populaire, Montpellier and Daelim Museum, Seoul.

Linda McCartney continued to work prolifically as a photographer until her death from breast cancer in 1998.

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin modelling for Mademoiselle, Los Angeles, 1968

Poster

Mary, Paul and Heather, Scotland, 1970

Her work has been exhibited by institutions including the International Center of Photography in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Councillor David McDonald, chair of Glasgow Life, said: “The Linda McCartney Retrospective at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is surely one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions of 2019.

“We are delighted to be the first venue in the UK to be showing this exhibition, which explores the full spectrum of photographic work by Linda McCartney.”

The Beatles

The Beatles at Brian Epstein’s home in Belgravia at the launch of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, London 1967

* The Linda McCartney Retrospective, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.Friday 5 July 2019 – Sunday 12 January 2020.

Open Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10am to 5pm and Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm. Tickets: £7 adults/ £5 concession/ under 16s free.

For more information visit www.glasgowmuseums.com.