Linder Sterling

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Linda Mulvey[1]

1954 (1954)
Liverpool, United Kingdom
EducationManchester Polytechnic
Known forPhotography

Linder Sterling (born 1954, Liverpool[2]), commonly known as Linder, is a British artist known for her photography, radical feminist photomontage and confrontational performance art.[3]

For her solo shows at the Hepworth Wakefield and Tate St Ives in 2013, Sterling collaborated with choreographer Kenneth Tindall of Northern Ballet for a performance piece, The Ultimate Form (2013), inspired by the artist's research into the work of Barbara Hepworth.[4][5]

Recent solo exhibitions include Nottingham Contemporary, Kestnergesellschaft, Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris,[6] and Museum of Modern Art PS1, and Sterling's work has been included in group exhibitions at Tate Modern, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Tate Britain, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.[7] In 2017, Sterling was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award. She is represented by Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles.[7]

In one of her early works, the cover art for the 1977 single release of "Orgasm Addict" by the Buzzcocks,[8] the collage depicts a naked woman with an iron for a head and grinning mouths instead of nipples.[8] "At this point, men's magazines were either DIY, cars or porn. Women's magazines were fashion or domestic stuff. So, guess the common denominator – the female body. I took the female form from both sets of magazines and made these peculiar jigsaws highlighting these various cultural monstrosities that I felt there were at the time."[9]


  • The Bower of Bliss, Southwark Underground Station, London, November 2018 for Art on the Underground[10][11]
  • Destination Moon. You must not look at her!, Duke of York Steps, London, 2016[12]
  • Donkey Skin, Art Night, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2016[13]
  • Children of the Mantic Stain, Leeds Art Gallery, 2015[14]
  • The Ultimate Form, Salle Matisse, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, 2013[15]
  • The Darktown Cakewalk: Celebrated from the House of FAME, produced by Sorcha Dallas for the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Glasgow, 2010[16]
  • The Darktown Cakewalk: Celebrated from the House of FAME, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2010[17]
  • The Working Class Goes To Paradise, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London, 2006[18]
  • Ludus, Hacienda, Manchester, 1982[19]


Personal life[edit]

Sterling has a son, Maxwell Sterling.[20] She lives and works in London.[7]


  1. ^ Dillon, Brian (1 September 2011). "Linder, the artist with the hex factor". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  2. ^ Phaidon Editors (2019). Great women artists. Phaidon Press. p. 247. ISBN 978-0714878775.
  3. ^ "How Linder went from Orgasm Addict to Chatsworth House". The Guardian. 18 January 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Linder 16 Feb – 12 May 2013". Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Tate St Ives Summer 2013: Linder". Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Linder". Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris (in French). Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "Linder". Modern Art. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  8. ^ a b Lowey, Ian; Prince, Suzy (2014). The Graphic Art of the Underground: A Countercultural History. London; New York: Bloomsbury. p. 118. ISBN 9781472573551.
  9. ^ Wilkinson, Roy. "Orgasm Addict – United Artists 1977 – Malcolm Garrett/Collage: Linder Sterling". Best 100 Record Covers. Archived from the original on 19 October 2006.
  10. ^ "Performance: The Bower of Bliss". Art on the Underground. Transport for London. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  11. ^ Lloyd-Smith, Harriet (28 November 2018). "Linder's new billboard artwork depicts a paradise of female pleasure". Wallpaper*. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Step into Linder Sterling's Mad and Magical Fairytale". i-D. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Art Night: Duke of York Steps, ICA: Linder". Archived from the original on 8 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Children of the Mantic Stain trailer". Retrieved 24 July 2020 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "The Ultimate Form, salle Matisse, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris". 31 January 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  16. ^ "The Darktown Cakewalk: Celebrated from the House of FAME". Retrieved 24 July 2020 – via YouTube.
  17. ^ "Linder The Darktown Cakewalk: Celebrated from the House of FAME". Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Tate Triennial 2006: Linder – The Working Class Goes to Paradise". 1 April 2006. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  19. ^ "LUDUS live at the Hacienda 1982". Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Maxwell Sterling soundtracks LA's brutal boulevards on Hollywood Medieval". 4 August 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2020.


  • O'Brien, Lucy (1999). "The woman punk made me". In Sabin, Roger (ed.). Punk Rock: So What?. Routledge. pp. 186–198.
  • Rogan, Johnny (1992). Morrissey and Marr: The Severed Alliance. Omnibus Press. pp. 102–103, 109–111.

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