Shaun Curtis: ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’- Liverpool presents Sgt Pepper at 50
Artistic laboratory Metal presents a new artwork by Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller, as part of a citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
By 1967 The Beatles were the most famous people in the world; no doubt a totally alienating experience considering their youth, naturally they depended greatly on each other and on a few trusted friends for support.
The relationship between the individual and society is a powerful theme in the work of Jeremy Deller, as seen in his recent take on this year’s general election, with provocative posters around London stating “strong and stable my arse”. For this new project, in response to the classic Beatles song, Deller has made two public art commissions that examine the nature of friendship and self-sacrifice, not just with those we know, but also between strangers, at a time when parts of society are struggling to live in unity.