Symbolic London, one of the world's greatest collections of twentieth-century pop culture, presents a collection of fine art works inspired by The Rolling Stones and the artists that have supported them in a worldwide exhibit entitled 50 Years of Rocking the Art World- A Celebration of The Rolling Stones which opens to the public this Friday, 7 December 2012 and runs through Monday, 4 February 2013 at 498 Broome Street at West Broadway in New York City. Gallery hours are from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday. Private appointments also available.
Symbolic has presented the exhibition in part to recognize The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary as the "Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World". The exhibition includes paintings, drawings and limited-edition prints available for sale, many of which have never been seen before by the public.
Throughout the band’s vivid history, they have consistently showed support of the arts by directly commissioning artists to create their logos, album covers, and related content for their tours. The show will highlight artists, who have used The Rolling Stones brand logos and their iconic individual appearance to create their own works of art. The celebratory exhibition will feature works by Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood, including new never before seen mixed media pieces, as well as drawings and lyrics created while on tour with the band.
In 1971, “The Tongue,” one of the most iconic and recognizable logos ever created for a band, was released by artist John Pasche. Pasche’s original vision of the logo was first featured on the Sticky Fingers album cover, and will be on display, in conjunction with one of five modern versions created in 2007. Described as the most visually dynamic and innovative logo ever created, Pasche late sold the image rights to the Stones.
According to Pasche: “Face to face with him (Mick Jagger), the first thing you were aware of was the size of his lips and his mouth. The design concept for the tongue was to represent the band’s anti-authoritarian attitude, Mick’s mouth and the obvious sexual connotations. I designed it in such a way that it was easily reproduced and in a style I thought could stand the test of time.”
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London now owns the original design and one of the 5 recently created works.
The celebratory exhibition will feature works by Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood, including new never before seen mixed media pieces, as well as drawings and lyrics created while on tour with the band.
Other noteworthy artists participating in the exhibition including Hubert Kretzschmar and Peter Corriston, the original designers of the Some Girls album cover, which became one of the band’s best-selling albums in the U.S. and remains a staple of their live shows. It was one of their most controversial album artworks, as it showed surprisingly unsightly representations of female celebrity.
Another key Rolling Stones inspired artist, celebrated during the exhibition, is Sebastian Kruger. Known for his detailed life-like portraits, in particular of Keith Richards, Kruger has been praised for "capturing the essence of his subjects" with his pieces, which are sure to draw you in.
Adding to the show’s enticing subject matter, Andy Warhol’s famous limited edition print of Mick Jagger, signed by both Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger, will be featured for viewers to admire. In addition to the Mick Jagger screenprint Andy Warhol collaborated with the Stones on several projects including the Love you Live album cover and Sticky Fingers.
Like the cinematic efforts of Robert Frank and the Meisel brothers, these artworks exist within a continuum of collisions and collaborations, which reflects what the Stones are all about; what they stood for then, with their youthful brashness, and what they stand for now, in all their seasoned legacy. The exhibition will feature events highlighting each of the artists and their works, as well as appearances by notable Rolling Stones supporters of the last 50 years.
The original artwork for The Rolling Stones logo was created by John Pasche (British, b. 1945) in 1971 and remained the property of the artist until it was acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2008. Due to the fact that Pasche sold the copyright to the Stones in 1984, no other production rights of the logo were given to the artist. In 2009, Pasche reached an agreement with them permitting him to produce just five original and unique artworks based on the original design. A copy of the agreement between The Rolling Stones and the artist is available on request and serves as a provenance of the pieces.