After taking over London’s Saatchi Gallery this summer, Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones’ first ever international show – is making its way to New York, where 500-plus artefacts associated with the band will be on display in the West Village event space Industria (Saturday November 12 to Sunday March 12). To mark the occasion, New York’s HG Contemporary Gallery is hosting a selling exhibition (Thursday November 3 to Saturday December 31) of rare Stones memorabilia featuring items produced not only by band members themselves, but also by some heavyweight art names who worked with them.
Titled Mick, Keith, Charlie & Ronnie: Art + Objects, the show features some 200 collectables, including painted guitars, set lists written during rehearsals and rare VIP promotional items, plus vintage photographs and posters, such as Winterland, 1972 ($1,450).
But it is perhaps The Stones’ collaborations with some of the leading artists of the time that will most appeal to aficionados. Andy Warhol’s collection of nine Love You Live photographs ($20,000) from 1977 shows members of the band licking and biting one another – images that found their way onto promotional material.
Photographer Peter Beard also created a photo montage ($100,000) in 1977 that’s through-and-through Beard: shots of beautiful women, African elephants, acrylic paint and handwriting in a collage around a double-exposure image of Mick Jagger.
Jeff Koons, another friend of the band, designed the stage backdrop for the 2002 Licks tour. A digital-print replica was created in 250 editions – merging classic Koons and Stones references and signed by each band member – one of which ($6,500) is being offered by the gallery.
HG Contemporary is also presenting a host of original pieces by Ronnie Wood. A handpainted guitar ($30,000) is decked out in a super-bold Bigger Bang tongue. A delightfully mischievous Devil Keith drawing ($50,000) from 1989 was created by both Wood and Richards in Montserrat when the band was recording Steel Wheels. And Wood’s Some Girls original poster from 1978 ($4,500), the year he recorded his first album with the band as a full-time member, riffs on the iconic Some Girls album cover.