In 1971 McLean established Nice Style, billed as ‘The World's First Pose Band', while teaching at Maidstone College of Art. With them and in other collaborative performances (Academic Board, 1975; Sorry! A Minimal Musical in Parts, 1977; The Masterwork: Award Winning Fishknife, 1979), he continued to use humour to confront the pretensions of the art world and wider social issues such as the nature of bureaucracy and institutional politics. From the mid 1970s, while continuing to mount occasional performances, McLean turned increasingly to painting, in a witty and subversive parody of current expressionist styles, and to ceramics.
Bruce McLean Retrospective: ‘King for a Day' (exh. cat., London, Tate, 1972)
Bruce McLean (exh. cat. by N. Dimitrijevi&cacute, Basle, Ksthalle; London, Whitechapel A.G.; Eindhoven, Stedel. Van Abbemus.; 1981)
Bruce McLean: Berlin/London (exh. cat., ed. M. Francis; London, Whitechapel A.G., 1983)
Bruce McLean (exh. cat., Düsseldorf, Gal. Gmyzek, 1991)
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