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Bob Dylan art: good. Ronnie Wood art: not so good. Review of rock musicians who paint

A recent review of rock musicians who paint gives Bob Dylan the thumbs up. Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood isn’t so lucky.

Bob Dylan pastel portraits

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

According to Jonathan Jones’s article in The Guardian newspaper (posted on 8 September 2014), Bob Dylan art has “a basic toughness and competence to it – some of his intelligence shines through… (his art) enriches his achievement as a myth maker.”

But “There is no point at all to Ronnie Wood’s art…”, according to Jones.

ROCK | ART | EDITIONS favourite Joni Mitchell has “a style as an artist… paintings that are worth a second look. Perhaps a third… is making art that really matters to her.” Paul Simonon (The Clash) also gets Jones’s seal of approval.

Not so Marilyn Manson (the painting reviewed is “…stupid and incompetent”) or Paul Stanley of Kiss (his sample painting is “dreck… rubbish”).

There’s no mention in the Guardian article of Miles Davis or Leonard Cohen, both highly regarded here, or even Don Van Vliet (aka Capt Beefheart), seen by many as the most accomplished rock muso painter.

Art critic Jonathan Jones certainly knows far more about art than me, so I find his views well worth considering – and I recommend you to read his article. Whether you share Jones’s views is, of course, entirely up to you.

How to judge rock art
I don’t believe there are any objective criteria for assessing a painting – or any other creative work, for that matter.

Being a successful musician doesn’t mean you’ll become the next Rembrandt if you pick up a paintbrush. But it probably means that your chances are slightly higher than the Average (less creative) Joe.

And a few top rockers are demonstrably multi-talented. You want to discuss Bob Dylan’s creativity across different media? How long have you got? Bob Dylan art? I love (much of) it.

Everyone judges a painting (or a piece of music) differently. I suspect that our initial response is emotional and that we then impose intellectual criteria as a secondary process, to validate emotional preferences.

When I start to think about a painting (… music… film… novel…) I usually ask:
* does the work evoke an emotional response?
* does it say anything worthwhile? of interest to me?
* is the execution good enough to let the above shine through?

Artists covered on ROCK | ART | EDITIONS
Judged by these criteria, most rock musicians covered in ROCK | ART | EDITIONS succeed as visual artists. So, I’ll continue to favour painters like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simonon. Ronnie Wood – and even Marilyn Manson and Paul Stanley – will also be included.

I suspect you won’t be shy in letting me know if you think this is a misjudgment!

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.

Rolling Stones photos: top 5 books for the 50th anniversary

Aficionados of Rolling Stones photos are in luck!  The 50th anniversary in 2012 generated some very collectable photography books.

Here are my top 5:

Rolling Stones photos #1 Rolling Stones 50

Rolling Stones photos: the official book

The Rolling Stones 50, 2012

The official coffee table book has the richest content; it’s certainly the biggest. Unmissable.

Rolling Stones photos #2 The Rolling Stones Fifty Years exhibition catalogue

Rolling Stones photos

Rolling Stones 50th Exhibition

The catalogue of the official Rolling Stones exhibition, which I saw in Somerset House, London, features all of the lovely photographs on display at the show. Much slimmer than #1, above.

Rolling Stones photos #3 Rolling Stones – 50 x 20

Rolling Stones photos

Rolling Stones 50 x 20, Insight Editions

My favourite unofficial collection: the 20 in the title refers to the photographers whose work is presented, chapter by chapter. Includes photography by Michael Joseph – the front cover is from his inspired Beggars Banquet shoot – Gered Mankowitz and Barry Feinstein.

Rolling Stones photos #4 The Rolling Stones Photobiographie 1962-2012

Rolling Stones photos

Rolling Stones Photobiographie 1962-2012, Fetjaine

The Rolling Stones Photobiographie 1962-2012 (Getty Images; text, in French, by Francois Plassat, published by Fetjaine) is well worth checking out…

Rolling Stones photos #5 Chronique

Rolling Stones photos

Chronique des Rolling Stones, Chronique Editions

… as is a second French collection, Chronique des Rolling Stones, text by Philippe Margotin (published by Chronique Editions).

If you have a favourite book from the many other compilations of Rolling Stones photographs celebrating the 50th anniversary, please share it with fellow ROCK | ART | EDITIONS readers – please Leave a reply (at the top of the page).

Ronnie Wood art now on show in Connecticut

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Ronnie Wood, Electric Horses, 2013. (c) Washington Green Fine Art 2013

Ronnie Wood, Rolling Stones guitarist, has been one of the best-known figures in rock art for many years.

While much of Ronnie Wood’s art features the Rolling Stones, he also paints many other subjects – nudes, wildlife, landscapes and jazz musicians, to name a few.

Ronnie Wood art is widely available to buy, both as original canvases and limited edition prints. Several series of his recent work are published by Washington Green Fine Art, London. (Washington Green also publish work by Bob Dylan, such as The Drawn Blank Series.)

And now a new exhibition, Ronnie Wood: Art and Music, has just opened at the William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, University of Connecticut.

It runs until 10 August. Entry is free.

If I was within driving distance of Hartford CT, I’d regard a visit to Ronnie Wood: Art and Music as well-nigh compulsory.

www.thebenton.org