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SALFORD STAR AWARDS DIRTY OLD MAN
 

Star date: 1st December 2010 

THE SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2010: Day 1

The Dirty Old Man Award For Dodgy Girl Depiction

He might be a total Salford treasure, just shame about the, er, chests. This special first MARY of the ceremony is presented as a joint award to an artist and his gallery for services to the dirty mac brigade.

Ladies and Gentlemen. The Dirty Old Man Award For Dodgy Girl Depiction goes to…

Please do a drum roll and click here…


LS LOWRY LS LOWRY MARY BURNS AWARD
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...The one and only LS LOWRY and the art palace named in his honour, THE LOWRY!!!

`I'm sure he once walked down our street
 'cos he painted kids who had nowt on their, er, feet?
…And he didn't just paint matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
He painted kids on the corner of the street wearing…fetish gear?

Yes, these wonderful works of LS Lowry's art are currently on display until March at The Lowry gallery, as part of its Invitation To The Ballet exhibition of costumes, programmes and pictures, in collaboration with the Royal Opera House.

The drawings, shown in public for the first time ever, are called `Mannequin With Bows' and date from the late 60s or early 70s. As the panels next to the pictures state, they, ahem, "were probably never intended for exhibition"

The Lowry explains that the mucky pics were "inspired by de Valois' Coppélia" and slobbers… "The girls, in exaggerated tu-tu shaped skirts and tight corseted bodices, are often depicted in high heels as though en pointe"

These three drawings are just a few of the Lowry fetish phase collection which have been hidden for years away from the public eye. 

There's a lovely video on The Lowry's website (see here), where the exhibition's curator explains that the master artist was well into ballet and saw many performances…

"The nice thing about this exhibition is that you don't have to be particularly interested in Lowry or an expert in the ballet, there's something for everybody" she says "…and if you're coming with younger members of the family there's opportunities to dress up…"

Er, think we'll pass on that…

`…Now he takes his brush and he waits outside them pearly gates
To paint his matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs
And girls without tops…'

Ladies and Gentlemen. The Dirty Old Man Award For Dodgy Girl Depiction
goes to…

L.S.LOWRY and THE LOWRY galleries!!!

Applause

 


 

Unemployed Former Lowry Employee wrote
at 09:08:50 on 09 December 2010
Get over yourself Robert Robson, it is clear this article is only a joke. The same can be said for your salary and that of many of your colleagues.
 
Pretty Vacant wrote
at 08:58:29 on 05 December 2010
Jeepers, gives a whole new meaning to the saying "to lie with dogs risks getting up with fleas".
 
jim devine wrote
at 19:01:12 on 04 December 2010
Well spotted Light and how about Steven Broomhead who it is alleged had to resign from the NWDA over his lewd text behaviour. As Chairman of Warrington Wolves (a position he got through his Warrington Council leader days) he has just signed an Aussie player who has also recently resigned for ,yes you guessed it, lewd behaviour. Talk about birds of a feather, you couldnt make it up !!!!!
 
The light in the darkeness wrote
at 06:34:26 on 04 December 2010
I would like to nominate Nicholas Anthony Shaw for next years award for dirty old man ! Senior civil servant HMRC boss Nicholas Anthony Shaw is assistant director of criminal investigations for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in charge of the north west.
 
John Blakeney wrote
at 18:49:17 on 03 December 2010
some people do get so uptight when their heroes are lambasted and artistic brilliance is treated with a schoolyard snigger....... so keep sniggering Salford Star.. everybody is there to be laughted at, and working class humour keeps the jobsworths at bay.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 13:20:42 on 03 December 2010
To everyone who hasn't been happy with this Award can we just say it's just a bit of a joke. We're not objecting to The Lowry exhibiting the pics just giving a little insight into the man's mind. Indeed we hope that The Lowry will now show all of the hidden LS Lowry collection - why were they never exhibited for so long????
 
RWL wrote
at 13:15:07 on 03 December 2010
I'm a big fan of Salford Star and the stand it takes on matters of social injustice, but I've got to take issue slightly with the implied derogatory use of the word 'old' in this context...yes, he was old, but is it relevant? If he'd been jewish, would he be a dirty jewish man?!? See what I mean?!? Or is it political correctness gone mad to expect old codgers to receive the same respect as ethnic groups? Also, as an artist myself, I'm alarmed that a few risque drawings can attract such hostility - I'm now in two minds whether or not to put my Dogshit Teapot on public display...
 
Bill and Ben. wrote
at 17:10:18 on 01 December 2010
And theres us thinking it was "little weed" he was painting.
 
Chorlton Cynic wrote
at 17:10:11 on 01 December 2010
And next year's winner will be the Salford Star for publishing the pictures it criticises on the internet for posterity.
 
Robert Robson wrote
at 15:08:14 on 01 December 2010
Although it is no doubt an honour to receive the first of this year’s awards, can we politely decline acceptance? We’re proud that the public can view the broadest range of work by LS Lowry in one place but it is disappointing that a media outlet which normally takes a progressive view is harking back to Victorian values with the suggestion that it is inappropriate or rude to display these images. Should we also cover the legs of all the chairs in The Lowry on the grounds of modesty? Over 12,000 people have visited the exhibition so far and feedback has been very positive. But if you’d rather not take my word on this, here are some other views: Channel 4 News: http://bit.ly/cdyCtx The Sunday Telegraph: http://bit.ly/du5vPL The Guardian: http://bit.ly/arXVHm BBC Manchester: http://bbc.in/a4haB3 Robert Robson, Artistic Director The Lowry
 
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