Opening Reception: Thursday, September 17th (6-8pm)
Bertrand Delacroix Gallery is thrilled to announce FAME/SHAME, a one-time special collaboration between the gallery and famed British artist Russell Young. The artist is internationally renowned for his colorful enamel screen-print paintings of celebrities, often coated in shimmering diamond dust. In Anna Wilding’s documentary on the artist, he states:
“My art is best described as fame and shame.”
This is exemplified in this exhibition’s mix of glamorous celebrity photos and mug shots.
Young’s signature technique combines painting and photography to produce a unique effect. He sources the photographs from newspaper cuttings, auctions, celebrities themselves and even police departments.
Russell Young (born March 13, 1959) is a British-American artist. In the late 1970s, while living in London, he gained recognition photographing the early live club shows of Bauhaus, R.E.M. and The Smiths. During this period he shot portraits of Morrissey, Bjork, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, New Order, Diana Ross, and Paul Newman. In 1986, he shot the Faith sleeve for George Michael. In the following ten years he directed more than 100 music videos during the heyday of MTV.
In September 2000, while living in New York City, he began to concentrate on art and to devote himself to painting. Young is best known for his enamel, screen-print paintings on linen, which explore celebrity, rock and roll, death and history. His earliest notable works as an artist are his “Pig Portraits” – life-size Police mug shots of celebrities screened onto canvas. First shown in 2003, they proved a critical success and were exhibited in London and the United States.
Russell Young is represented by Taglialatella Galleries in NYC and you a can see a good selection of his large, glittery portraits any day, just by popping in during regular business hours. I took this shot of Young’s portrait depicting a stunning Liz Taylor at the opening reception for the launch of his new print of Jackie O. You miss so much when you don’t live in NYC.
I Know It’s Only The Rolling Stones, But I Like It (Sticky Fingers Original Logo by John Pasche)
With The Rolling Stones currently on tour celebrating their 50th year together as a band, Broome Street Gallery’s current Rolling Stones-themed exhibit distinguishes itself from the many other Stones exhibits we have seen for including not only photographs of the band and its iconic remembers (by various equally legendary photographers), but also its exciting display of pop art sculptures, tour posters, rare album cover art, caricatures and realist paintings, many of them by Stones’ rhythm guitarist Ron Wood. Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show.
Keith in NY, 1991 By Sebastian Kruger
Mick Jagger By Andy Warhol
Some Girls Original Artwork By Hubert Kretzschmar
Ron Wood By Russell Young
Self Portrait By Ron Wood
Voodoo Mick Guitar Painted By Ron Wood
Bigger Bang Limited Edition Print, 2007
Mick Jagger By Russell Young; Guitar by Ron Wood in Foreground
Rolling Stones Live By Ron Wood
Saxophone Fountain Sculpture
The gallery has many more pieces and they change them up at regular intervals since there is way more art in this collection than currently fit in space, so you never know what you might see! I am not even the hugest Rolling Stones fan and I would rate this as a Must See exhibit for both art and music fans. Luckily, you still have almost two months to check it out!
The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Rocking the Art World will be on exhibit at Broome Street Gallery, Located at 498 Broome Street (at West Broadway), Soho NYC until February 4th, 2013. Gallery Hours are Monday – Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM