Morrissey and The Smiths exhibition opens in Manchester

Posted Mar 17, 2012 by Tim Sandle
An exhibition with a difference has opened in Manchester. The exhibition celebrates the works of The Smiths, the seminal '80s indie group, through a series of art exhibits.
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Mick O photography
As the Manchester Evening News recounts in its introduction to a new exhibition, The Smiths were one of the most alluring of the music groups of the 1980s, fitting the music of Johnny Marr with the lyrics of Morrissey, they issued a series of albums with songs reflecting the social realism of the time, standing in stark contrast to the synthesisers pop of the 'new romantics'.
As a group which was formed in Manchester, England, there have been several exhibits of the work of Morrissey and Marr. There has, however, been nothing like the new exhibit which has opened (titled "The Gospel According To..."). According to the BBC, the exhibition features tap dancing (dancing to "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"), a singing bear (joining in "This Charming Man"), and classic concert photographs by Stephen Wright. Each of the exhibits is inspired by the lyrics of The Smiths.
The exhibits include paintings and art works by Jeremy Deller (a previous winner of the Turner Prize) and photographer Stephen Wright. In terms of the lyrical insporations, one of Deller's paintings using Morrissey's lyrics from "How Soon Is Now?", in stating:
"I am human and I need to be loved, just like everybody else does".
According to the exhibition guide, the exhibition:"demonstrates how artists have employed the bands' cult legacy to re-interpret the music and the humour/tragedy themes often employed in The Smiths songs."
"The Gospel According To...", is on at the Holden Gallery in Manchester,