Punk often seems best understood as an entirely historical term, signaling a stance or mood whose energies infused the arts of the 1970s across the board; as last year’s popular ICA London show Secret Public demonstrated, cross-genre approaches to the period are increasingly adopted. Viewing Punk thus, No One is Innocent (the title comes from the Sex Pistols’ fifth single, post Rotten and Vicious) orients its unique take on this moment around three cities in which it flourished well–New York, Berlin and London–and presents the works of artists alongside album covers, posters, zines and other musical ephemera. From New York, artists such as Lynda Benglis, Robert Longo, Richard Hambleton, Futura, David Wojnarowicz, Tony Oursler, Robert Mapplethorpe and Arturo Vega coalesce around the iconography of the Ramones and Patti Smith; from London, works by Leigh Bowery, COUM Transmissions (Genesis P. Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti), Derek Jarman and Cerith Wyn Evans are situated amid images by Linder and Jamie Reid for the Buzzcocks and the Sex Pistols; and from Berlin, Elvira Bach, Die todliche Doris and Salome accompany cover art by Einsturzende Neubauten. No One is Innocent offers a galvanizing concentrate of an era always relevant to our own.
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