The Rolling Stones were in town to play the Barclays Center and at the same time I was invited to "Symbolic London presents an Exhibition Honoring the Artists who have been commissioned by and others who have been Inspired by the Legendary Band." With over 10 original paintings by Stones guitaist Ronnie Wood, there would be a possibility that some of the Rolling Stones might just stop by.
I clipped some button / business cards with Mystic Timber Pocket Wands for easy handling and passing, and stashed them in my pocket.
When I got to the gallery on Broome Street the line had just started to form. From the window I could already see the iconic Stones Tongue logo on silver by John Pasche in the window. This was going to be a fun night.
The line built while they finished the last set-up and when they opened the doors and started filtering the invite only list the place filled almost immediately.
Working my way back through the crowd I could see the center of the room had some amazing art.
Artwork by Ronnie Wood.
Mick Jagger Tattoo Portrait unique hand colored digital prints on water color paper by Hubert Kretzschmar which was the cover art of the legendary Tattoo You album.
The artist behind the album art, Hubert Kretzschmar, was in the building, and posed for me in front of the Mick Portrait.
This woman grabbed me and wanted nothing more than to be photographed and talk to me about the Stones. She is a Rolling Stones superfan. Flipping through photos on her phone, she showed me how close she was to the Stones at their concert the night before at Barclays. I could see this would be a mixed crowd of art collectors, as well as Rolling Stones collectors.
There was a beautiful functioning fountain made of brass instruments.
Some beautiful artwork by one of my favorites, German artist Sebastian Kruger.
Sebastian Kruger Mojo Hands, 2011 Serigraph
Sebastian Kruger Mick with LP Cover, 1992 Acrylic on board
Sebastian Kruger Keith in NY, 1991 Acrylic on board.
Sebastian Kruger Charles & Company, 2012 Signed S. Kruger
Andy Warhol Mick Jagger, II. 146, 1975 Screen print on Arches Aquarelle paper
Ronnie Wood Big Bang Red 39 1/2 x 42 1/2 in, 100.3 x 108 cm
I got to meet and chat with artist Anna Marie Rockwell. Yes, those Rockwell's.
Artist and assistant director at Broome Street Gallery, Anna Harrah.
Anna Harrah and Anna Marie Rockwell.
Pop art icon Peter Max came in without a photographer. Peter Max IS the art of the sixties psychodellia. His art was on the 600ft stage at Woodstock. Normally he has his personal photographer on hand and won't take any pictures other than through his people.
I hadn't spoken with him in literally a decade, 2003. I saw him in the crowd at The Armory show last year, but the last time I spoke with him was at one of his galleries in the Short Hills Mall in NJ, where he looked at my portfolio and gave me a compliment about my work. His photographer took a picture of us and I to this day have never seen it.
It was cool to bump into him again, and to grab a picture with him on my own camera. Photo taken by Anna Marie Rockwell.
Brooklyn Street Art Editor Steven P. Harrington
Oh crazy, there is legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen. You know, the John Lennon New York T-Shirt photo. Wow.
Bob Gruen in the flesh. I gave him one of my cards on the Mystic Timber pocket. He laughed and said "Oh, this will come in handy." That my friends is probably the most famous photographers I have ever taken a picture of.
I made sure to get a decent shot of the John Pasche Stones Tongue on my way out the door.
Walking north I was heading up to the venue for our big ArtSucks 10h Anniversary Party, Studio 21. On the way I ran into photographer Tatiana Starchevsky while she was doing some Christmas shopping on 5th Avenue. She's the one who did this AMAZING PHOTOSHOOT OF ME on City Island. I dragged her along with me to Studio 21.
When we got in, the body painter Andy Golub and his Model Trisha Benton were already inside. We got situated back in the VIP area, and figured Andy worked with the fully clothed model and his mini-projector to see how the experimental projection will work when the actual party is happens. It's all starting to come together.
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