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Symbolic Collection presents Ronnie Wood’s

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 1 novembre 2011

London,Monday 7th – Saturday 12th November 28 Cork Street, W1S 3NG 10 am – 6pm. Symbolic*, one of the world’s greatest collections of 20th century pop culture, is proud to present one hundred art works by music icon and Rolling Stones band member Ronnie Wood. With works having been selected by the artist himself with assistance by Brandon Coburn**, this unique exhibition will take place this November at 28 Cork Street. The retrospective exhibition will showcase the rock ‘n’ roll legend’s personal and engaging record of an evolving culture centred on celebrity and rock ‘n’ roll from 1960 to the present day.Ronnie Wood’s renowned musical career has sometimes overshadowed the fact that he is a trained, highly talented and successful artist, possessing an innate skill as a draughtsman. Brian Sewell, world-renowned art historian, has called him ‘an accomplished and respectable artist,’ an opinion also echoed by the fact that in 2004, Marvin Bragg’s prestigious Southbank show dedicated a one-hour special to celebrating Ronnie Wood – the artist. Edward Lucie-Smith, long established and internationally acclaimed art historian has remarked, ‘Who says you have to be good at only one thing? Ronnie is in the top flight as a musician, but he’s also a fully trained artist – and it shows.’ Wood’s trained eye has led to a series of well-observed sketches of some of the world’s greatest icons that are illustrative ofclose, personal relationships. The Symbolic collection boasts, for instance, studies of fellow legends such as Jimmy Page (1983) – founder of rock ‘n’ roll band Led Zeppelin – and also Eric Clapton. The collection would of course not be complete without Wood’s dynamic studies of the Rolling Stones, such as the 1979 drawing of Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, and Keith Richards jamming on stage when touring with their 1975 album, Black and Blue. Also included within the collection are sketched portraits of Charlie Watts, Fats Waller, Blondie and Jerry Hall depicted not as icons, but as friends Ronnie Wood made throughout his career. The carefully selected works act as a pictorial biopic of Ronnie Wood’s thrilling life experiences, guiding us through half a century’s worth of rock ‘n’ roll. Beginning the collection is a self-portrait of the legend (1962), from when he was receiving formal art instruction at Ealing College, looking serene and neatly presented, which contrasts from his cheeky self-sketch from 1974 “Waking up in the Wick,” where Wood is depicted impressively dishevelled as a rock ‘n’ roll star in his new home at The Wick.As well as offering us insight into Ronnie Wood’s personal experiences, the works also presents us with an insider’s view into Ronnie Wood’s celebrated music career. It is fitting that one of the latest works in the exhibition (Essential Crossexion- Album Cover study c.2005) is Ronnie Wood’s personal attempt at recording his journey, illustrating his musical milestones with the Faces, the Creation, the Jeff Beck Group, the Rolling Stones, and his many solo efforts. Another important work within the collection is a colourful and vibrant drawing which Wood created while with the Faces in 1974, – To thank you all we’ll drink those fish under the table -which stands as an emblem of the 1970s progressive fusion between art and pop culture in a post-Warholian world. Also included within the retrospective are original set lists and handwritten working lyrics for the Rolling Stones, Faces, The Birds and the Jeff Beck Group dating back to 1968, which Wood sketched throughout his career. Symbolic’s remarkable collection also possesses a deft satirical caricature of notorious Peter Grant, the Jeff Beck manageras well as The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, who was famed for being “the shrewdest and most ruthless manager in rock history.” Images such as these highlight how Symbolic provides a rare and privileged invitation to contemplate a rock ‘n’ roll star’s personal and exhilarating experiences from an otherwise restricted viewpoint.
Symbolic Collection Based in San Diego, California, with showrooms in New York and London, Symbolic Collection has a passion for the unique, owning extraordinary items from the worlds of pop culture, fine art, music and entertainment artifacts, as well as watches, clocks, and the decorative arts.
The music, pop culture and artworks are exhibited by appointment only at their private showrooms in London Mayfair, the Symbolic New York Showroom located in the Fuller Building on 57th Street and Madison and its home city of San Diego, California.(ronnie)

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