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Rock Art: what to see in July

Early Rolling Stones photograph

Early Rolling Stones by Terry O’Neill, on show at Izzy Gallery, Toronto, Canada, © Terry O’Neill 1963?

There’s a wealth of Rock Art exhibitions running around the world at the moment. Here are some of the most promising.

NEW SHOW

TERRY O’NEILL: The Rolling Stones plus many other 1960s musicians and other celebs on view at Terry O’Neill: The Man Who Shot the Sixties, Izzy Gallery, Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, Canada. 27 June-24 August.

TOP SHOWS

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.

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

PATTI SMITH: a dozen or so photographs in the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, Le Grand Palais, Paris. To 13 July.

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. To 24 August

RONNIE WOOD of the ROLLING STONES: Ronnie Wood: Art and Music, William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, University of Connecticut. To 10 August. 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. To 7 September. Free.

(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 we 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.

Rock Art – what to see in June: Peter Blake, Bob Dylan, Oasis

Rock Art at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Peter Blake with friends in front of Appearing at the Royal Albert Hall by Peter Blake. © Royal Albert Hall 2014. Image by Andy Paradise 2014

There’s a wealth of Rock Art exhibitions running around the world at the moment. Here are some of the most promising.

NEW SHOWS

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.

OASIS: Definitely Maybe – The Oasis Photographs, by Michael Spencer Jones, is also on show at Royal Albert Hall – Ground Floor Corridor of the Royal Albert Hall, Fri 6 – Sun 29 June. Can be viewed when attending performances at the Hall, and on two free open days, Sat 28 June and Sun 29 June, 10am – 4pm. Entry via Door 12.

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

TOP SHOWS

BOB DYLAN: Dylan’s Drawn Blank Series, The Ross Art Group gallery, New York. To 14 June.

PATTI SMITH: a dozen or so photographs in the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, Le Grand Palais, Paris. To 13 July.

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. To 24 August

RONNIE WOOD of the ROLLING STONES: Ronnie Wood: Art and Music, William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, University of Connecticut. To 10 August. 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. To 7 September. Free.

(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 we 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.

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