Last night saw the private view and launch of Blur 21: the Exhibition on a warm, sunny night on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch. Seemed to be a success, with queues forming around the block to take a look.
The exhibition spans all three galleries at Londonewcastle Project Space and happily, there is more to it than just expertly captured images of the band at various stages of their career (though the 70 or so images captured by iconic NME photographer’s including Kevin Cummins and Pennie Smith are great at capturing the Brit pop moments of the mid 90s). On show are the band’s Brit Awards, the rear most gallery hosts videos and Spotify have decked a space out as a listening booth where you can don headphones and hear a selection of rarities from the forthcoming Blur 21 box set.
The highlight for me though is the graphic design work. The band have worked with agency Stylorouge almost since inception and they have been responsible for some memorable images. Even if you’re not a fan, you will be familiar with not only the logo, but some of the artwork which has championed artists including Banksy - who worked on 2003 album Think Tank- and Julian Opie - who created the Blur: The Best Of compilation cover (and has a solo show of new works on at Lisson Gallery this summer).
Back to the launch though - it was a memorable night organised by Hector Proud’s Cult.Brand team and the crowd went from queuing up to spilling out onto the street outside to soak up the English Summer and escape the heat inside.
Oh and some nice guys from a band called Blur also turned up to have a look.
The show is now open daily from 12 - 8pm until the 14th August.