Malcolm McLaren - The Estate
Malcolm McLaren has proven to be a visionary of pop culture and a pop cultural icon for over thirty years. An artist in the most post-modern sense of the word, time and time again, he was at the forefront. He is probably best recognized for his work in melding fashion with music: “The look of music and the sound of fashion”. Starting as a young student in London’s art schools including Goldsmiths Art College and St. Martin’s, he studied drawing and painting before experimenting in radical, politicized artworks inspired by the Internationale Situationniste, the most famous of which was Punk. All his various life-long activities—as legendary shop conceptualist (Let It Rock, Too Fast To Live Too Young to Die, Sex, Seditionaries, World’s End and Nostalgia of Mud), his 12-year design partnership with Vivienne Westwood, pop music group creator and manager (Sex Pistols, Bow Wow Wow), singer/composer (Duck Rock, Fans, Waltz Darling, Paris), lecturer, performer, producer, filmmaker, director, philosopher, politician (running for Mayor of London in 1999, gaining 10% of the popular vote) are expressions of his art. There has been on-going confusion on who and what Malcolm McLaren is, but in fact, Malcolm McLaren was an artist in the purest sense of the word for his entire adult life. In the last years of his life he formally returned to the art world, successfully creating and exhibiting two series of projections: “Shallow 1-21” and “Paris, Capital of the XXIst Century” which have been exhibited in art institutions and museums in Europe and America.
His partner and owner of his Estate, Young Kim and writer Paul Gorman are co-authoring projects to celebrate his legacy. These include an authorised biography, and a catalogue of McLaren’s groundbreaking designs. The authorised biography will be published in 2017 by Constable & Robinson.
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