After Gagosian collected Bob Dylan into his roster of artist for an underwhelming exhibition in his Upper East Side gallery, it’s hard to take these celebrity-turned-artists seriously. While David Lynch is better known as the mastermind behind cult classics Blue Velvet and Dune, actually studied painting in school, exhibited once at Vanderlip Gallery (Philadelphia) in 1968, and has exhibited fairly consistently in international locations since 1987. I admit I was skeptical when I first learned about his double-agenting into the art world, but his work is more than a celebrity’s pastime.
I See My Love, currently on view at Tilton Gallery (March 6 – April 14) is Lynch’s first solo show in New York since he exhibited with Leo Castelli Gallery in 1989. The exhibition features sculpture, works on paper, photographs and a 42-second film, all made between 2009–2012. Juxtapoz has a nice, long-winded quote from Tilton Gallery:
Lynch’s abstract sculpture, also incorporating lit light bulbs, is simultaneously anthropomorphic, surreal and humorous. Lynch frequently refers to Magritte as one of his favorite artists. More than anything, Lynch’s art is, in all its manifestations, a vessel for his own quirky but unified and consistent vision. A formal line and shape, surrealist and biomorphic in nature, unites the narrative watercolors and paintings with the more abstract photographs, “Distorted Nudes,” the sculpture on display, and the 42-second film also being shown in this exhibition. Lynch’s world view and his ability to capture a mysterious undercurrent in the American psyche illuminates his art across all media.
Guitar guru Ronnie Wood is another story. Enter the famous rocker who paints his famous friends including Jack Nicholson, Slash and of course his fellow Rolling Stones. New York Daily News calls him “a renowned visual artist,” but his solo retrospective, Faces, Time and Places, at The Symbolic Collection (April 9 – 30), is piggy backing off his upcoming induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The pop culture obsessed
Soho gallery treasure trove of “investment collectibles” features art and memorabilia related to rock-star-turned-artists like Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.
Well, Keith being an artist, and Charlie, they were kind of, ‘Oh, you’ve done it wrong, you’ve overworked it, blah blah blah,’” Wood tells the Daily News. “That was in the old days. But now they’ve kind of owned up to, ‘Wow, you’re pretty good.”
Sweet, but I’m not sure I buy it.
- David Lynch’s self-directed music video for Crazy Clown Time (released 2011), his debut solo album, recently dropped.
- Speaking a musicians-turned-artists, can we ever forget that John Lurie’s “Bear Suprise” watercolor that was exhibited at Roebling Hall became a meme — called Preved — in Russia?