Bringing together work by some of the world’s most notable artists, True Faith explored the ongoing significance and legacy of New Order and Joy Division through the wealth of visual art their music has inspired.
Curated by Matthew Higgs and Jon Savage with archivist Johan Kugelberg, True Faith was centred on four decades’ worth of extraordinary contemporary works from artists such as Julian Schnabel, Jeremy Deller, Liam Gillick, Mark Leckey, Glenn Brown and Slater B Bradley, all directly inspired by the two groups.
The exhibition also featured Peter Saville’s seminal cover designs, plus performance films, music videos and posters from the likes of John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Lawrence Weiner, Jonathan Demme, Robert Longo, Raf Simons and Kathryn Bigelow, True Faith provided a unique perspective on these two most iconic and influential Manchester bands.
‘The exhilarating art and afterlife of Joy Division and New Order…This terrific show is a reminder of how art was at the core of Manchester’s most enigmatic band… True Faith is a terrific, somnolent, and exhilarating exhibition… The absent presence of Curtis is everywhere’ The Guardian – 5 STARS
‘Pop to Manchester for an electric show… Proof of the bands’ standing in creative circles is the calibre of artists the show features’ The Times – 4 STARS
Liam Gillick, Peter Saville and Matthew Higgs were in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist at 2pm Saturday July 8 at The Stoller Hall. Tickets are £5 via Interdependence or call 0843 208 1840.
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and Manchester Art Gallery. Image: Slater B. Bradley, Factory Icon, 2000/2017 Courtesy Slater Bradley Studio, Berlin and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo © Slater B. Bradley