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Sue Tilley provides an intimate glimpse into the life of LEIGH BOWERY the controversial and avant-garde performer

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Join us for another evening in Westminster Arts Reference Library's 'Artists of London' Series. In addition to the talk and a Q+A, each includes a spotlight on a special item from the Library's collection relating to the talk.

The Salon will be held online via the Zoom platform (details emailed to you nearer the event).

LEIGH BOWERY was one of the most controversial and avant-garde performers of his generation. His club Taboo became known for defying sexual conventions, provided the showcase for his influential and wildly provocative outfits and was instrumental in the artistic development of contemporaries such as his friend BOY GEORGE

To celebrate what would have been Leigh's 60th birthday, his friend SUE TILLEY will provide an insight into the outrageous world of 1980s modern art and a man who came to embody it with highly personal recollections of Bowery’s groundbreaking costumes and performance art, his notoriety in London’s 1980s Soho and his role as a favoured model for painter Lucian Freud,

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Along with being one of Bowery’s best friends, SUE TILLEY is one of the most recognisable muses in modern British art. She modelled for LUCIAN FREUD in the early 1990s, a seminal period of the artist’s career and one of his portraits of her entitled “Benefits Supervisor Sleeping” sold for a record £17.2 million, the highest price paid for a painting by a living artist. She is now an artist, presenter and writer.


		Leigh Bowery and  Taboo image

		Leigh Bowery and  Taboo image

		Leigh Bowery and  Taboo image
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