Posts tagged with "exhibition"

DAVID STEPHEN JOHNSON, elliott Stares, 360 MAGAZINE

DAVID STEPHEN JOHNSON

Pittsburgh-born abstract painter, David Stephen Johnson’s love for the arts stretches back to the 1970s, when he shared a studio space in Chicago with a sculptor from the Chicago Art Institute. Since then, Johnson has been building his own body of work, inspired by the post-war abstract expressionists, and will be unveiling his latest series at the highly anticipated Spectrum Miami art fair to mark his inaugural appearance during Miami Art Week.               

Johnson was invited to exhibit his work by Michael Joseph, founder of ARTBLEND, the acclaimed South Florida based organization and one of the longest running gallery exhibitors at Spectrum Miami. Johnson will be presenting his most recent large scale canvas works from his Blue Series and Sono Series as part of this year’s ARTBLEND collective at booth 720 within the Mana Wynwood Convention Center, from Dec. 4 to Dec. 8. This will mark Johnson’s debut and inaugural solo exhibit during Miami Art Week.

“I’m very excited to be making my debut during Miami Art Week at Spectrum Miami in collaboration with ARTBLEND — one of South Florida’s most established galleries,” said David. “Painting is like breathing to me. I am pulled in, to the work, every day. The process is a physical act. I connect to my body and to myself in a sort of visceral dance. The act of painting is unmediated by thought. It starts with a simple stroke or mark that leads to the next one in a continuous flow. Possibility and uncertainty are inherent to my practice. Always a play between anxiety, apprehension and, sometimes, when I get lucky, exhilaration. My language is color. I work with acrylic, house paint, oil, pastels, and graphite, which I apply directly on to the surface and rework with a scraper, paper, and rarely, a brush.”

David Stephen Johnson was awarded a scholarship to college as a star quarterback,​ playing for South Dakota State, and later earned his BA in Business Administration at the University of Minnesota, Carlton School of Business. He fostered his love for art while developing a series of paintings for his first show at Riverside Gallery in Chicago.

While raising his family, David continued a successful career in advertising in both Miami and New York​ for the prestigious agency Lord, Geller, Federico, Einstein. He embraced his self-taught path in painting, building a deliberately unpublished body of work studying color and shape, partly influenced by post-war abstract expressionists. His natural athleticism and grace led him toward the great action painters, which informs his style and markmaking. In 2017 he retired from the business to pursue his passion for painting. He joined The Silvermine Art Center in Connecticut, ​a prestigious institute for the arts created in 1908 by the sculptor Solon Borglum. Since then, David has participated in several juried shows, expanding his work to large-scale canvases. He regularly collaborates with interior design firm Wowhaus,​ and other Greenwich area designers, for commission-based residential and commercial projects. In 2019, David had his first solo show at Southport Galleries in Connecticut.

Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami will take place Wednesday, Dec. 4 to Sunday, Dec. 8 at Mana Wynwood. Tickets for the Opening Night Preview are priced at $50 by purchasing online or $60 at the event. A General Admission 1-day Pass for Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami is $25 by purchasing online or $30 at the event. A 5-day Pass that includes the Opening Night Preview is $75 by purchasing online or $85 at the event. Tickets grant access to both Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami. For further information on the shows or to purchase tickets, please visit spectrum-miami.com and reddotmiami.com.

For further information on David Stephen Johnson, please visit www.davidstephenjohnson.com

360 Magazine, Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Sneaker Trunk

LOUIS VUITTON UNVEILS WORLDWIDE DEBUT OF ITS ONE-OF-A-KIND SNEAKER TRUNK 

Louis Vuitton is pleased to announce the worldwide debut of the Sneaker Trunk which will be unveiled at Atelier Louis Vuitton on December 3rd in Miami to coincide with Design Miami/. 

Combining Louis Vuitton’s classic art of trunk craftmanship with contemporary design, Louis Vuitton’s Sneaker Trunk is the newest addition to the House’s iconic hard-sided collection. Making its worldwide debut in Miami, this one-of-a-kind Sneaker Trunk is an emblem of Louis Vuitton’s visionary spirit and heritage craftsmanship. 

Designed to display your favorite sneakers, the trunk’s contemporary features allow passionate collectors to build the sneaker dressing of their dreams. The Sneaker Trunk has been developed to fit at least 6 pairs of low-tops and 8 pairs of high-top sneakers and each drawer is measured to store up to size 13 in low-tops and 12 in high-tops. As is customary at Louis Vuitton, the trunk is fully customizable and we are able to personalize to each and every client, creating a one-of-a-kind collaboration. 

LOUIS VUITTON SNEAKER BOX

Louis Vuitton is pleased to announce that the Sneaker Box will also be available at Atelier Louis Vuitton on December 3rd in Miami during Design Miami/ along with the Sneaker Trunk. A modern and contemporary trunk, that highlights Louis Vuitton’s visionary spirit. The Monogram Eclipse signature gives a masculine touch to the historical signatures of the House’s trunk knowhow.

The traditional Monogram signature is reinterpreted on a screen-printed transparent Perspex door. Designed to display your favorite pairs of sneakers, the trunk has complementary features that will allow the client to build up the sneakers dressing of his dreams.

The client can create his own sneakers dressing by piling up the Sneakers Boxes. There’s a multitude of options, from a vertical pile to a whole wall.  Even if the top lid is closed, the transparent door is still openable. Even when one Sneakers Box is under another, the client can still reach his sneakers.

Under the slope, two hidden drawers can host a shoe care equipment and other accessories. Thanks to a magnetic system, the slope stays lifted in the position of the lid.

Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades will be on show at Design Miami/ from December 4th to 8th, 2019 as well as the Louis Vuitton Miami Design District store throughout next year. 

Atelier Louis Vuitton, the exclusive savoir-faire exhibition, will be held at Paradise Plaza – 151 NE 41st Street, Miami Fl 33137 from December 3rd to 8th, 2019.  Visits by appointment only. 

DNA PhotographersZeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, KEMANG WA LEHULERE, ARTIST, South Africa, 360 MAGAZINE

LAYING BARE

KEMANG WA LEHULERE
19 DECEMBER 2019 – 10 MAY 2020 I LEVEL 2 

ARTIST STUDIO RESIDENCY 

Come and experience Laying Bare, a site-specific, process-based project by South African artist Kemang Wa Lehulere at Zeitz MOCAA.

Wa Lehulere will take up occupation in a multi-gallery area on the institution’s second level for a period of six months, turning the museum into a studio space. The studio, usually a private working space, will be accessible to the public to observe and engage whilst the artist makes new works, conducts research, and develops ideas for future projects. 

Working across media such as performance, sculpture, drawing and video, the artist will lay bare the essence of a thinking and making process – revealing inspirations, ways of working and a fascination with materials. 

The studio will be supported by ongoing performances and activations, as part of an open process of exploration of germination, experimentation, and collaboration. These will be broadcast on Zeitz MOCAA social media channels.

On view: 19 December 2019 – 10 May 2020

*Photo courtesy of DNA Photographers

LEILA JEFFREYS, HIGH SOCIETY, nyc, 360 MAGAZINE

LEILA JEFFREYS

LEILA JEFFREYS

HIGH SOCIETY


Opens Friday November 15, 6-8pm  

30 Orchard Street, New York, NY, 10002
Exhibition November 13 2019 – January 19, 2020

Artist Q&A and Documentary Screening: Saturday November 16, 4 for 4:30pm at Olsen Gruin

Olsen Gruin is pleased to present High Society, an exhibition of new works by Australian photographic artist, Leila Jeffreys. Her second solo exhibition since 2017, High Society will be on view at Olsen Gruin from November 13, 2019 until January 19, 2020.

Revisiting the world of the Budgerigar – the subject of her first solo exhibition some nine years ago – Leila Jeffreys’ High Society includes her signature large format portraits and sees her exploring new territory. Working with over 300 budgerigars in a studio High Society reveals a beautiful society of birds through still photography and three panel video art.

Acclaimed for her empathetic artistic vision and intuitive approach, Leila Jeffreys has again captured a vivid sense of personality in her feathered subjects. Each work forges an emotional and sympathetic bond with the audience as Leila Jeffreys establishes parallels between the ‘flock’ and our human concept of ‘community’; a commentary on our need to preserve wildlife societies and their homes.

“There exists a symbolic relationship between birds and trees,” says Leila Jeffreys. “Their survival depends on each other. We depend on them. High Society serves as a visual reminder to leave wild places for these other societies to enjoy, as well as our own.”

Leila Jeffreys (b. 1972) was born in Papua New Guinea and raised in Perth, Australia. Thanks to her adventurous parents she spent much of her childhood travelling and grew up surrounded by wildlife and forest both in Australia and abroad. This sparked her interest in the natural world. Jeffreys works with conservationists, ornithologists and bird sanctuaries to separate her charismatic subjects from their natural surroundings and photograph them with a high degree of technical skill. She is an exhibiting artist with gallery representation in Sydney, London and New York. Her work has also been featured in the iconic Bergdorf Goodman department store windows in New York City. Her book Birdland was launched at Australia’s National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. A documentary titled Bird Nerd: the Art of Leila Jeffreys will debut on the film festival circuit mid-2019 ahead of its television premiere on the ABC later this year. The film is written and directed by Walkley Award winner Poppy Stockell and was commissioned by ABC Arts.

GR Gallery, Apnea, Johan Van Mullem, art, fine art, design, 360 MAGAZINE

Johan Van Mullem

GR Gallery is pleased to announce “Apnea,” the first solo exhibition of Johan Van Mullem with the gallery. The show, organized by Russ Basin, explores the artist unique creative practice and inspirational process of estrange himself. Apnea  will reveal the latest series of artworks conceived by the artist appositely for this occasion, together with some older iconic models. It will put together 25 original pieces, always executed with the artist’s signature gestural technique and striking early Rembrandt-like style. Together with different sizes of canvas works will be exhibited several preparatory drawings on paper. 
 
Opening reception: Friday November 22tnd, 6:00pm – 9:00pm (Exhibition Dates: November 22, 2019 – January 12, 2020). Members of the press can contact GR gallery in advance to schedule a private viewing and an interview with the artist. 
 
GR Gallery, 255 Bowery (between Houston & Stanton) New York, NY 10002 |  info@gr-gallery.com | tel: +1 212 273 2900
 

The title is inspired by one the artist’s most fierce passion that becomes the only way to take an appropriate break from the aberrations and disorders of the contemporary world, a sort of underwater meditation. The paradoxical notion that the self-awareness and social examination can be found strictly through the absence of these systems is explored through his relationship with the act of painting. A process that allows Johan to take the proper distance and become free to put himself, through his forceful gesture and unbiased inspirations, completely into the creative process. As he explains: “All my work is done as unconsciously as possible. I never program a work or attempt to elaborate on a sketch. I never try to impose my feelings or ideas on a work. I always work the same way, by trying to feel the medium, the music, the silence, or the size, whether it is sculpture, drawing, or painting. It is a question of energy and discovering the moment. One must always reflect upon what they discovered, until something new appears.” 

Apnea” aims to showcase the exclusive creative approach of Master artist Johan Van Mullem by unveiling a lavish selection of works that epitomize his carrier, marked by unique introspective psychological portraits slightly reminiscent of the Renaissance Flemish school. With the aid of vigorous brushstrokes, his powerful and dramatic aesthetic research is delivered by a strong color contrast that make the artworks uncommonly vibrant and luminescent capable to issue a vital and up to date energy.  

JOHAN VAN MULLEM was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1959 to Flemish parents, and spent much of his childhood following his diplomat father from country to country. He is a painter and sculptor known mainly for his powerful depiction of the human figure through luminous brushstrokes. He claims inspiration only from personal encounters with people on an everyday basis rather than aspiring to be like or to be inspired by any well-known artists, even though some merely aesthetic similarities with bacon, Goya and the Flemish school are perceptible. Van Mullem’s work can be found in public and private collections internationally, including collections in Brussels, London, New York, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles and at the Musee d’Ixelles in Belgium. 

nybg, Yayoi Kusama ,New York Botanical Garden, Japanese, bronx, 360 MAGAZINE

NYBG × Kusama

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) announced that KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, its major 2020 exhibition of work by internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), will open on May 9, 2020. Tickets for the landmark presentation will go on sale January 29, 2020, at nybg.org/kusama. 

NYBG is the sole venue for KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, which will be on view May 9‒November 1, 2020. The exhibition will include works from throughout her career and multifaceted practice, and debut new works created by the artist such as the monumental Dancing Pumpkin (2020). NYBG is a 250-acre museum of plants that lies just 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan and for visitors to New York, it offers a rare opportunity to view works, including immersive experiences, that encompass Kusama’s entire career. Some of the works on view at NYBG will be seen for the first time in the United States. 

Kusama’s profound engagement with nature will be represented in depth, with multiple installations, including her signature mirrored environments and organic forms, colossal polka-dotted sculptures of flora, mesmerizing paintings, and her first-ever participatory greenhouse installation. Sketchbooks from her youth portend Kusama’s lifelong fascination with the natural world that has inspired her aesthetic throughout her prolific career. On view through November 1, 2020, opportunities to experience her work throughout the changing seasons from spring into fall will entice return visits. 

Carrie Rebora Barratt, Ph.D., CEO & The William C. Steere Sr. President of The New York Botanical Garden, said, “The Garden is uniquely suited to present this once-in-a-lifetime display of Yayoi Kusama’s work for our visitors. An exceptional selection of work invites visitors into her universe, to consider her practice through her unique vision of the natural world. Our subtitle, Cosmic Nature, references her bold investigations of materiality, media, color, form, and pattern that proliferate into an expansive sense of becoming with the cosmos. We are thrilled to mount this focused survey of the work of one of the most influential artists of our time.” 

The exhibition will be installed across the Garden’s 250 acres and in several of its historic buildings. Outdoor works will include large-scale sculptures. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will display a spectacular horticultural tribute to Kusama based on one of her vibrant paintings. The LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building will feature immersive experiences as well as examples of her earlier work—botanical sketches, paintings, works on paper, biomorphic collages, assemblages—and recent soft sculpture and canvas works. Many of these will be on view for the first time in the U.S. 

Visit nybg.org/kusama to sign up for updates and alerts on the exhibition and related public programming. Tickets go on sale for NYBG Patrons and Members on January 15, 2020. 

The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad, bus, or subway. The Garden is open year- round, Tuesday through Sunday and Monday federal holidays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 718.817.8700 or visit nybg.org 

The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10458

*Kusama with Pumpkin, 2010 ©YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts,

Tokyo / Singapore / Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York

Black Line Crazy Launches New Limited Edition Art Bags Line

Mary van de Wiel (aka Van), founder of Black Line Crazy (BLC), has announced the launch of her line of the same name, which includes limited edition bags and one-of-a-kind, hand-woven rugs and wall hangings featuring her paintings. Additionally, van de Wiel’s work was selected for an installation on Avenue of the Americas in New York City by And Partners which acts as ‘co-curators’ on behalf of its clients.

A former chief creative officer of her own award-winning branding agency with offices in New York and Sydney, Australia, van de Wiel has worked with countless Fortune 500 clients. At the same time, she realized she relished walking outside the line with her bold black and white graphic designs born from her love of doodling. One day in the middle of Mexico, van de Wiel picked up a brush and can of black house paint and started painting murals, collages and gallery windows—floor to ceiling. In 2015, she had her first successful exhibition at the Saint Cloche Gallery in Sydney. A year later, she was invited to be part of a group show at Galeria Manuk in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Later moving to Mexico, van de Wiel started to create messenger bags that feature her paintings and signature and expanded her line to currently include totes and zippered sleeves as well as a hand-woven collection of rugs and wall hangings. Anyone purchasing items from her line instantly becomes a collector of a one-of-a-kind or limited edition piece which makes the work truly unique.

“I believe that art has a pulse and belongs in everyday life—not just on walls,” said Mary van de Wiel, founder of BLC. “It’s designed to be worn, carried and integrated with the personality of the owner as a means of self-expression.”

The new Black Line Crazy line can be viewed here.

About Black Line Crazy

BLC Collections, both form and function, are an invitation to walk outside the line. It’s art at the intersection of fashion, home and everyday life. Because sustainability is a must, BLC works very closely with makers and artisans, researching organizations that repurpose vinyl for a circular economy, rather than sending it to landfill. Additionally, BLC purposely chose master weavers who source their 100% wool from the state of Guanajuato—from a small group of farmers that have been tending to their animals’ welfare and the environment for decades. By

About And Partners

Based in New York City, And Partners helps clients build and differentiate their brands, drive sales and command a premium in the market place. The agency blends curiosity and creativity to uncover unique and authentic stories that elevates brands, helps solve business problems, and provides a meaningful launching pad for deeper conversations with diverse audiences. If you would like more information, visit their website.

Jeanette Hayes, The Untitled Space, 360 MAGAZINE

Jeanette Hayes

The Untitled Space
presents
 
(hot girl) summer featuring (hot girl) summer art by Jeanette Hayes
A SOLO EXHIBITION
Curated by Indira Cesarine

CLOSING RECEPTION
August 13th
6-8pm
THE UNTITLED SPACE
45 Lispenard Street 
NYC 10013

RSVP 
events@untitled-space.com

Jeanette Hayes (b. 1988) is a painter/multimedia artist based in New York. Originally from Chicago, Hayes moved to NYC and received a BFA from Pratt Institute. Her work addresses the traditional preservation of non-traditional technological and pop imagery through painting, video, digital manipulation, and Internet collages. Hayes’ interests include cultural phenomena and the confrontation of conventionality and subject matter. Her fascination with the amalgamation of images we each navigate through everyday and their correlations to civilization and ownership in 2019 has propelled her practice. With international solo shows in Sweden, Italy and Belgium, Hayes has also shown in New York Hayes at Half Gallery, the Hole, Regina Rex, Castor Gallery, Romeo, Bleecker Street Arts Club, the National Arts Club and more.

Most recently, Hayes was curated by the Culture Corps to create a public art installation at Hudson Yards, which is currently on view until November, 2019. Jeanette Hayes has made animated GIFs and videos for Proenza Schouler, CHANEL, Alexander Wang, Cynthia Rowley, Vogue and Opening Ceremony. She has received artist sponsorships from BlackBerry and Blick Art and was chosen by Purple magazine to create their artist book in 2016, which she titled “five”. Hayes has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue Japan, i-D, Complex Magazine, Interview Magazine, Dazed, the Coveteur, Purple Magazine, Paper Magazine, Playboy and TimeOut New York chose Hayes as one of the “5 most important new artists in New York City.” Jeanette Hayes lives and works in New York City.

Tom Burr at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Portraits by Tom Burr Propel MATRIX Exhibition Series at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Connecticut-born sculptor Tom Burr’s expansive body of portraiture takes a different approach to the relationship between the built environment, material, subjectivity, and historical personalities. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the museum’s presentation of two other portrait centered exhibitions, Tom Burr / MATRIX 182 / Hinged Figures unites a selection of the artist’s reclining figures, several of which are portraits of individuals from queer history and American Modernism. Burr began the series in 2005, and MATRIX 182 constitutes the largest museum presentation of the reclining figures to date. The sculptures will be shown both within the MATRIX Gallery and around the museum, in dialogue with specific artists and architectural spaces, and also at the Austin House.

“I wanted to see the figures spread throughout the different spaces in the museum–spaces that resonate with the history of 20th-century art being shown–but also in other, less expected settings, such as Chick Austin’s house,” says Tom Burr. “I wanted to create a constellation of figures and sites that would engage, in a sense, the museum and the house as a total stage set.”

Burr’s sculptures combine Minimalist forms with figures and material attributes, such as books, magazine pages, notecards, tinsel, and a Chanel dress. He is interested in the way certain figures shape and are shaped by the spaces they inhabit. In this MATRIX project, Burr directly addresses the Wadsworth’s prominent role in the history of Modernism in several portrait subjects, including former director A. Everett ‘Chick’ Austin, and two creatives, writer Gertrude Stein and composer Virgil Thomson. They were commissioned in the 1930s to make the opera Four Saints in Three Acts to inaugurate the newly completed Avery Memorial and its purpose-built theater. Two 33 rpm records of the opera and are featured in Burr’s Chicks, 2008

One foot in the grave (reclining), 2010 references photographer Robert Mapplethorpe whose career is embedded in the Wadsworth’s history.A MATRIX artist in 1984, Mapplethorpe’s work has also been presented in exhibitions in 1990, 2015 and will be included in Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall opening June 22, 2019. Burr’s portrait of Mapplethorpe (below) includes a postcard featuring one of the photographer’s black-and-white flower images and a small pile of soil evoking a meditation on illness and the AIDS epidemic.

“Tom Burr’s continual engagement with queer historical figures and modernism identified him as a strong choice for an expanded MATRIX project for the summer of Stonewall 50,” says Patricia Hickson, Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth. “Although most of these sculptures were made some years ago, the personas

they evoke resonate with the Wadsworth’s history in terms of collections, exhibitions, and programming. Burr has remarked on the noteworthy inversion of these departed figures’ ‘return’ to the Wadsworth as memories in the form of sculptures.”

Artist Biography

Tom Burr was born in 1963 in New Haven, Connecticut. Burr has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the world since 1988, in institutions and museums including the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France; SculptureCenter, New York, NY; Skulptur Projekte, Münster, Germany; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; The New Museum, New York, NY, and the 2004 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. The works of Tom Burr are included in numerous private & public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Lenbachhaus Museum, Munich, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

Related Programs

Tom Burr / MATRIX 182 / Hinged Figures opens during Art After Dark, Thursday, June 6 from 5-8pm, and the artist will give a Gallery Talk at 6:30pm. A docent-led Art In Focus tour of Tom Burr’s Chicks (2008) will take place on Friday, August 21 at noon. Curator Patricia Hickson will lead a Gallery Talk on Thursday, August 29 at noon.

About MATRIX

Inaugurated in 1975, MATRIX is the Wadsworth’s groundbreaking contemporary art exhibition series featuring works by artists from around the world. From its inception, MATRIX has been a forum for art that is challenging, current, and sometimes controversial. Through clear explanation and thoughtful engagement with the viewer, MATRIX exhibitions call into question preconceptions about art and increase understanding of its possibilities. Many MATRIX artists, such as Christo, Sol LeWitt, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Carrie Mae Weems are now considered seminal figures in contemporary art.

Exhibition and Program Support

MATRIX 182 is generously supported by the Howard Fromson Exhibition Fund.

The MATRIX program is supported by the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Contemporary Coalition. Sustaining support for the Wadsworth Atheneum is provided by Newman’s Own Foundation and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign

About the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 

Founded in 1842 with a vision for infusing art into the American experience, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is home to a collection of nearly 50,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years and encompassing European art from antiquity through contemporary as well as American art from the 1600s to today. The Wadsworth Atheneum’s five connected buildings–representing architectural styles including Gothic Revival, modern International Style, and 1960s Brutalism–are located at 600 Main Street in Hartford, Conn. Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 11am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5pm Admission: $5-15; discounts for members, students, and seniors. Free admission for Hartford residents with Wadsworth Welcome registration. Free “happy hour” admission 4-5pm. Public phone: (860) 278-2670; website: thewadsworth.org.

 Image:

Tom Burr, Chick, 2008. Plywood, paint, steel hinges, canvas medical straitjacket, white rubber, steel drafting lamp, steel ashtray. Installation view. SculptureCenter, 2008. Collection of Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip Aarons. © Tom Burr.

THE ROLLING STONES ARE COMING TO CHICAGO

THE ROLLING STONES ARE COMING TO CHICAGO IN JUNE
CELEBRATING THE 55th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROLLING STONES 1st RECORDING SESSIONS AT CHESS

Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation

presents

A WORLD PREMIERE EXHIBITION

THE ROLLING STONES AT CHESS

PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE ROLLING STONES AND VINTAGE MEMORABILIA OPENING JUNE 5th at 6 PM
2120 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago

The band has yet to officially announce when the U.S. tour shows will be rescheduled. However, if
you live in or near Chicago, or will be visiting in June for the Chicago Blues Festival in early
June,TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE!
Blues legend Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation, which occupies the hallowed ground of the
world famous Chess Records building, at 2120 South Michigan Avenue, in association with Bob Bonis
Museum, Miami and Gallery Schuster, Berlin, are thrilled to announce THE ROLLING STONES AT
CHESS – a World Premiere Exhibition celebrating the 55th anniversary of the first time the Rolling
Stones recorded at Chess.
The exhibition will feature over 50 photographs, many of them unpublished and never seen before
by the public, from these historic recording sessions. There will also be photographs of the Stones
at the Palmer House hotel on their second visit to Chicago in November 1964. Historic collector
memorabilia will also be on display.
The photographs were taken by the late Bob Bonis, an accomplished photographer who also served
as the U.S. Tour Manager for both The Rolling Stones and The Beatles from 1964 through 1966
beginning with both famous bands’ first ever tours of America.

Limited edition portfolios and prints of photographs will be available for sale, with a portion of the
proceeds going to the Blues Heaven Foundation and their efforts to restore the recording studio in
the historic Chess Records building.
The association between the Rolling Stones and the city of Chicago and Chess Records is one of the
most important in the bands’ history and was the spark that connected its founding members,
leading to the formation of the band in 1962. Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones was a Blues
enthusiast who idolized Blues masters such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and other Blues masters
from Chicago.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, childhood friends, ran into each other on October 17, 1961 on the
train platform in Dartford, England. Keith, carrying his guitar, noticed that Mick had some record
albums under his arm, Rockin’ at the Hops by Chuck Berry, and The Best of Muddy Waters. Keith
learned that Mick had mail-ordered these albums directly from Chicago’s Chess Records, as they
were unavailable in England. Later they saw Brain Jones playing slide guitar (considered the first
British guitarist to play this style of Blues) and they soon joined forces and the Rolling Stones were
born.
During their first-ever tour of America, Phil Spector helped the Rolling Stones book to record at
Chess on June 10 and 11, 1964 where they met several of their heroes, including Muddy Waters,
who helped them carry their equipment into the studio, and Chuck Berry, who stopped by to
eavesdrop on their recording session, giving them his stamp of approval.
On their second and third tours of America they returned to again record at Chess, on November
10, 1964 and in May of 1965. No photos of those later session are known to exist. Bob Bonis’
photographs from this first visit to Chess are among the only known to exist and will be displayed
at the Blues Heaven Foundation for the entire month of June, 2019.
Larry Marion, curator of the Bob Bonis Archive, a renowned memorabilia expert, will be offering
free appraisals of any vintage Rolling Stones, Blues or other memorabilia during this exhibition.