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Rock Art exhibitions: what to see in September

Beatles White Album exhibition in Liverpool

We Buy White Albums © R Chang/FACT, Liverpool 2014

There’s a wealth of rock art exhibitions around the world this September. Here are some of the exhibitions ROCK | ART | EDITIONS would be attending if it were possible.

BOB DYLAN by Douglas R. Gilbert: Forever Young: Photographs of Bob Dylan by Douglas R. Gilbert, 30+ photos from 1964. South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix St., South Haven MI, USA. To 7 Sept. Free.

AMERICAN COOL: 100 “cool Americans”, including musicians Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis and Jay-Z, film actors like Lauren Bacall, and writers such as Ernest Hemingway. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington DC, USA. To 7 September. Free.

THE BEATLES – multiple White Album covers in Liverpool: Rutherford Chang is at FACT in Liverpool to exhibit and add to his enormous collection of copies of The Beatles’ White Album, designed by leading English Pop artist Richard Hamilton. The We Buy White Albums exhibition is set up like a record shop with multiple copies of the single product; and Chang is buying, not selling! FACT and Liverpool International Music Festival, We Buy White Albums, FACT loading bay, Wood Street, Liverpool until 14 September. FACT, Liverpool

MICK JAGGER by Richard Hamilton: Richard Hamilton’s magnificent retrospective, featuring mixed media tableaux of a handcuffed Mick Jagger, and originally shown at Tate Modern in London, has now opened at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain. To 13 October. Highly recommended.

BOB DYLAN by Richard Avedon: Richard Avedon People – Perth, Western Australia exhibition of 80 photographs by Richard Avedon, including an evocative shot of Bob Dylan on a cold February 1965 day in Central Park. Art Gallery of WA, Perth, Australia. To 17 Nov.

KEITH RICHARDS, LOU REED, AMY WINEHOUSE in Paris: Sonic is a new exhibition of portraits of musicians by Hedi Slimane, photographer and Yves Saint Laurent designer, at Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent, in Paris. It showcases shots of Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Amy Winehouse and Brian Wilson taken in London, New York, and California. 18 Sept-11 Jan 2015. Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent

PETER BLAKE: A new permanent mural, Appearing at the Royal Albert Hall, on display near the Cafe Bar, Royal Albert Hall, London. Free. Gathers 400+ performers who have appeared since the Hall opened. Notable rock musicians include Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, The Rolling Stones, and The Who.

 

You are strongly advised to check details with a venue’s website before travelling – some shows require advance booking and details can change, often at short notice.

Have you seen any of these shows? What did you think of it? Your comments are very welcome. Have I missed an important show?

Visitors and galleries: please tell us of any show we have missed, for inclusion in next month’s round-up. Please send comments/details of shows to ROCK | ART | EDITIONS via “Leave a reply” at the top of this post.

Compilation © ROCK | ART | EDITIONS Ltd 2014

Rock Art: what to see in August 2014

There’s a wealth of rock art on show around the world this August. Here are some of the more enticing exhibitions.

JIMMY PAGE by his daughter: Resonators: Guitar heroes, Jimmy Page to Johnny Marr by photographer Scarlet Page (daughter of Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin). Images for sale, proceeds to the Teenage Cancer Trust. ArtHouse Crouch End, London N8. To 6 August. Free.

RONNIE WOOD of the ROLLING STONES: Ronnie Wood: Art and Music, William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, University of Connecticut, USA. To 10 August. Free.

Mick Jagger cover of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, by Richard Bernstein

Mick Jagger – Interview. © Richard Bernstein

MICK JAGGER by Richard Bernstein: Richard Bernstein Interview Cover Art, portraits of 1970s and 1980s celebs, including Mick Jagger, for the cover of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. Fashion Illustration Gallery at The Mayor Gallery, 22A Cork St., London W1. To 23 Aug.

BOB DYLAN: photographs by Daniel Kramer, Paulucci Space Theatre, Hibbing Community College, Hibbing MN, USA. To 23 August. Free.

TERRY O’NEILL: The Rolling Stones plus other 1960s musicians/celebs on view at Terry O’Neill: The Man Who Shot the Sixties, Izzy Gallery, Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, Canada. To 24 August.

GREAT BLACK MUSIC: Michael Jackson, Cesaria Evora, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Myriam Makeba, Oum Kalsoum, among many others. La Cité de la Musique, in NE Paris, France. To 24 August.

PATTI SMITH: Celebrating local resilience after Hurricane Sandy, “Rockaway!“, is a series of installations around Fort Tilden. Includes Patti Smith’s Resilience of the Dreamer, a gold and white bed inside an abandoned locomotive repair building. To 1 September.

BOB DYLAN by Douglas R. Gilbert: Forever Young: Photographs of Bob Dylan by Douglas R. Gilbert, 30+ photos from 1964. South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix St., South Haven MI, USA. To 7 Sept. Free.

AMERICAN COOL: 100 “cool Americans”, including musicians Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis and Jay-Z, film actors like Lauren Bacall, and writers such as Ernest Hemingway. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington DC, USA. To 7 September. Free.

MICK JAGGER by Richard Hamilton: Richard Hamilton’s magnificent retrospective, featuring mixed media tableaux of a handcuffed Mick Jagger, and originally shown at Tate Modern in London, has now opened at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain. To 13 October. Highly recommended.

BOB DYLAN by Richard Avedon: Richard Avedon People – Perth, Western Australia exhibition of 80 photographs by Richard Avedon, including an evocative shot of Bob Dylan on a cold February 1965 day in Central Park. Art Gallery of WA, Perth, Australia. 2 August-17 Nov

PETER BLAKE: A new permanent mural, Appearing at the Royal Albert Hall, on display near the Cafe Bar, Royal Albert Hall, London. Free. Gathers 400+ performers who have appeared since the Hall opened. Notable rock musicians include Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, The Rolling Stones, and The Who.

Peter Blake will be best known to many readers of ROCK | ART | EDITIONS for his celebrated artwork on the cover of the Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

(You are strongly advised to check details with a venue’s website before travelling – some shows require advance booking and details can change, often at short notice)

Have you seen any of these shows? What did you think of it? Your comments are very welcome. Have I missed an important show?

Visitors and galleries: please tell us of any show we have missed, for inclusion in next month’s round-up. Please send comments/details of shows to ROCK | ART | EDITIONS via “Leave a reply” at the top of this post.

Compilation © ROCK | ART | EDITIONS Ltd 2014

Beatles, Sex Pistols, Amy Winehouse in new London exhibition

(c) Keith Haynes 2014

This is Pop (c) Keith Haynes 2014

Fans and collectors of the Beatles, Sex Pistols and Amy Winehouse will want to check out a new London exhibition, opening today at Woolff Gallery, London W1.

The new Keith Haynes exhibition of rock art also features other notables such as The Clash, Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan.

It’s a compelling series of mixed media limited editions.

Using as his raw material black vinyl LPs, album sleeves and record labels, Haynes has created a lovely series of contemporary pieces. They are presented, box-framed, in small limited editions, of between five and fifty.

Keith Haynes’ attractive rock art stood out for me among the 100+ gallery displays on a recent visit to the Affordable Art Fair. I’ll be visiting the Woolff exhibition soon, and look forward to scrutinising the Bob Dylan artwork, among others.

The show starts today and runs until 2 May at Woolff Gallery, 89 Charlotte St, London W1.

www.woolffgallery.co.uk

Great Black Music: a must-see Paris exhibition

Great Black Music exhibition, Paris 2014

Great Black Music, at Cité de la Musique, Paris

Great Black Music, a major new exhibition, opened last week at La Cité de la Musique in NE Paris and runs to 24 August.

Characteristically ambitious – as you’d expect from La Cité de la Musique – it looks like a must-see show for fans of rock art.

It’s an eclectic exhibition, covering the legacies of Michael Jackson, Cesaria Evora, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Myriam Makeba, Oum Kalsoum, among many others.

While most of these greats are hardly “rock” musicians, they certainly appeal to many rock fans.

As usual at this world-class venue, Great Black Music makes exemplary use of a range of media, with images, artefacts, sound archives, interactive modules, as well as printed interpretation. It’s laid out in six broad themes.

If you’ve seen earlier exhibitions here, you’ll have high expectations. I travelled specially from London for earlier shows, on Bob Dylan and Miles Davis. Both amply repaid the time and effort.

And, anyway, who needs an excuse to visit Paris? Pas moi, je te jure!

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Great Black Music catalogue

There’s a sumptuous Great Black Music catalogue supporting the exhibition, at €38.

I’ll be doing another Eurostar awayday soon, then reviewing Great Black Music and its alluring catalogue here on Rock Art Editions.

www.greatblackmusic.fr