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Rock Art in October: David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan…

Davis Bowie from Aladdin Sane shoot

David Bowie Is exhibition catalogue © The David Bowie Archive

October sees some major rock art shows, with David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan among the featured musicians.

Here are some of the exhibitions I’d like to attend.

DAVID BOWIE: David Bowie Is, originally held at London’s V&A, has just opened at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the only US venue on its world tour. The exhibition showcases 400+ objects, mainly from the David Bowie Archive, including handwritten lyrics, photographs, and album cover artwork, as well as costumes and sets. Admission $25, $10 children 7–12, free for the under-6s. 23 Sept-4 Jan 2015. Supported by a desirable catalogue ($35 paperback/$55 hardback).

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 2014

Bob Dylan images: three to savour

Bob Dylan is both subject and source of top quality rock art: I come across numerous Bob Dylan images – of and by him – every week.

Here are three recent striking examples – a photograph, a poster and a dedicated exhibition.

Bob Dylan images #1: Richard Avedon photograph

Bob Dylan photograph by Richard Avedon

Bob Dylan, © Richard Avedon 1965

This delicious 1965 photograph is the star attraction of Richard Avedon People, a new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, 2 August-17 November 2014.

Bob Dylan images #2: Blowin in the Mind poster

Psychedelic poster, Bob Dylan

Blowin in the Mind, Mr Tombourine Man. ©Martin Sharp/Big O Posters 1967

There are innumerable Bob Dylan posters in circulation. This is one of my favourites – Blowin in the Mind, Mr Tombourine Man by Martin Sharp, Big O Posters, 1967.

It was displayed – and salivated over – at a splendid small exhibition, The Great Refusal, Protesting 1948-84, at the Hayward Gallery, London, last November.

Why is the poster so potent? Because it transports you immediately to a time and place – the Summer of Love, California.

Thankfully, Bob Dylan wasn’t really part of that scene. The poster perpetuates a myth. It doesn’t matter, though, this is art, not documentary.

Bob Dylan images #3: Face Value, National Portrait Gallery, London

Bob Dylan pastel portraits

Bob Dylan: Face Value, 2013 exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London. © Gerald Smith 2013

Bob Dylan: Face Value was a lovely one-room exhibition of a dozen sombre pastel portraits by the musician at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2013. Proof, if any were needed, that Bob Dylan artwork has now been accepted into the artistic canon.

If you missed the exhibition, you can still buy the catalogue, Bob Dylan: Face Value (£25), from the National Portrait Gallery.