Chris Cuffaro | Greatest Hits: Martini Ranch
Aug
30
to Sep 7

Chris Cuffaro | Greatest Hits: Martini Ranch

Chris Cuffaro presents...
Greatest Hits: Martini Ranch

Free Opening Reception Wednesday, August 30, 8pm-10pm
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On display through September 7

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From The Artist:

BIG news! My next exhibition is ALL set. It will be on August 30th here in Los Angeles at Mr Musichead Gallery. It is going to be a truly special show…Greatest Hits: Martini Ranch.

Way back in August of 1987 I was lucky enough to work on a very special music video. The band was Martini Ranch, the song was Reachand the director was James Cameron. We shot for 2 days out at Veluzat Motion Picture Ranch in Newhall, CA. The idea of the video was an apocalyptic twist on the classic western: a bad guy being pursued by a gang of ruthless female bounty hunters.

The band featured Bill Paxton & Andrew Todd. The video was filled with a who’s who of Bill’s friends. The few that I remember… Kathryn Bigelow, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Jenette Goldstein, Judge Reinhold, Brian Thompson, Adrian Pasdar, Bud Cort, Mark Rolston, Phillip Granger and so many more.

Bill and James gave me free reign and let me shoot whatever I wanted. I shot a ton of portraits and a ton of BTS. Everyone on the crew was amazing and the actors were so into it. It was such a team effort and everyone gave everything they could to the production. I really think I learned more from this video than any other video I had previously worked on.

I have to say this was the music video shoot that gave me the directing bug. Watching James Cameron work was brilliant. He could do everyone’s job on a set. He was crazy in all the right ways. Bill really made the shoot fun & everyone was really into giving their best. I can only imagine what it must have been like on Aliens!

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Magnus Hastings | Why Not!
Jul
16
to Aug 12

Magnus Hastings | Why Not!

Shop the exhibition here!

Exhibition on display July 16-August 12

Opening Cocktail Reception with Magnus Hastings
Sunday, July 16 from 7pm-10pm

Proceeds from the event benefit Los Angeles LGBT Center

Special Performances by Alaska 5000 (Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars 2 Winner), Willam Belli (Rupaul's Drag Race season 4) and Misty Violet!

Hosted by Dave Sirus (SNL/Triumph's Election Special)

DJ Lady C (Dublab Radio/KCHUNG)
Food and drinks provided by Absolut Vodka and The Crescent Hotel

Magnus Hastings is a British born photographer whose work has been featured in GQ, People Magazine, Glamour Magazine (UK) and the Sunday Times magazine. Hastings began to photograph drag artists in London, Sydney and eventually Los Angeles, where he relocated in 2011. He exhibited a series of his drag photographs in New York City entitled “Why Drag?” in 2014 securing him a book deal with Chronicle Books. Hastings' book, “Why Drag?” was published in 2016, with a foreword by Boy George Hastings’ book features photographs of a diverse selection of drag artists from across the United States. Sir Elton John described the book as “F**king brilliant!! The best photography book in years”. The book features portraits of performers and has them each answer the question “Why Drag?”, revealing their reasons for participating in the art form.

"Why Not!" is Hastings' debut Los Angeles exhibition, featuring photographs from his 2016 book "Why Drag?" in addition to new work. Fine art prints will be available for purchase.

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Robert Whitman | Prince Pre-Fame 1977
Jun
7
to Jun 24

Robert Whitman | Prince Pre-Fame 1977

Tickets for the opening reception available here.
On display until June 24.

Artist cocktail reception with Robert Whitman, Wednesday June 7 from 7pm-10pm  
Tickets $20 (proceeds benefit Angels At Risk)
Hors d'oeuvres provided by Beverly Crescent Hotel


In 1977, a local musician named Prince Rogers Nelson came to the attention of Minneapolis music  producer Owen Husney and his partner Gary Levinson. Upon hearing his music, Husney immediately signed the 19 year old to a management contract and set secure a record deal for the young musician.
 
To entice photographer Robert Whitman to take photographs of Prince for a press kit aimed at potential record companies, Levinson came by Whitman’s apartment and played him one song on his car stereo… an early version of “Soft and Wet”. Husney and Levinson then booked Prince into the Sound 80 Studios to work on recording a demo and Whitman came on board to make photographs of this young artist, who would one day become one of the most important musicians of the 20th century.

These photographs were created during three separate photoshoots that Whitman made of Prince during 1977. Whitman photographed Prince in his Minneapolis studio, Owen Husney’s Linden Hills Boulevard home and on the street of downtown Minneapolis, including in front of the mural of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, painted on the side of the Schmitt’s Music store. Only 15 copies of the press kit were ever produced and otherwise, the photographs from these session have rarely been seen.
 
These photographs are new, never-before-seen selects made by the photographer in 2013 from the three shoots taken in 1977. These pictures, Prince’s first with a professional photographer, mark an instrumental moment in his career. The creation of the style and persona that has come to define the artist know as PRINCE.

Signed Silver Gelatin Fine art prints will be available for sale.

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Robby Krieger (The Doors) | "Light My Fire" Charity Event
May
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Robby Krieger (The Doors) | "Light My Fire" Charity Event

Robby Krieger has created a never before seen work of art titled “Light My Fire” inspired
by the classic song he composed as a member of the legendary band The Doors. "

Limited edition, hand signed fine art prints of "Light My Fire” will be on display and for
sale, along with other works by Krieger.

Portion of proceeds from ticket and art sales will benefit Los Angeles based charity
Harmony Project (https://www.harmony-project.org/), and Art For A Cause. 

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Nalinee Darmrong | The Smiths
May
4
to May 25

Nalinee Darmrong | The Smiths

On display until May 25, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4, 2017 7pm-10pm
DJ set from Jim Smith of The Smell
Debut Los Angeles exhibition from Nalinee Darmrong. The photographer will be present to sign copies of her book The Smiths (Rizzoli Publications).
Free and open to the public!

More information and RSVP here.

It’s difficult to talk about The Smiths without also talking about their breakup. The fact that they disbanded—after a little more than four years and seventy songs—abruptly and explosively on the brink of becoming megastars, only adds to the rabid, cult devotion of their fans. Today, The Smiths are still considered one of the most influential rock bands of the late twentieth century. 

During the band’s peak years, photographer Nalinee Darmrong traveled with and captured the live and backstage moments on their Meat is Murder and The Queen is Dead tours of 1985 and 1986. Nalinee Darmrong’s photographs have been largely unseen until the recent publication of her book ‘The Smiths’ from Rizzoli last year. 

Darmrong’s photographs impart a frenetic energy of the band during performances, and a private, almost familial chronicle of the band off-stage and behind the scenes. This exhibition is an insider’s look at a remarkable band during the height of their creative period and apex of popularity. 

This is the first exhibition in Los Angeles of Darmrong’s photographs of The Smiths. There will be an opening reception at Mr Musichead Gallery the evening of Thursday, May 4th featuring drinks and an all vinyl DJ set honoring The Smiths from Jim Smith of The Smell. The photographer will be present to sign copies of her book.

In association with Govinda Gallery.

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Chris Cuffaro | Greatest Hits
Feb
2
8:30pm 8:30pm

Chris Cuffaro | Greatest Hits

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Artist Reception & Charity Auction – Thursday February 2, 2017 from 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Chris Cuffaro: GREATEST HITS – 30 Years of Music Photography is a music photography exhibition, auction and live music experience to benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

The GREATEST HITS auction features stunning images of music icons including Jane’s Addiction, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slash, Iggy Pop, Gwen Stefani, George Michael, Ice Cube and dozens of other music legends, shot by Chris Cuffaro.

Musical performances: Givers & Takers, Josh Todd, Lauren Ruth Ward, Particle Kid, The Palms…Other artists and schedule to be announced.

Hosted bar. Hosted valet parking.

SUGGESTED DONATION FOR THIS BENEFIT IS $30. RSVP required 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chris-cuffaro-greatest-hits-30-years-of-music-photography-exhibition-auction-tickets-31015079939

About Sweet Relief: Sweet Relief provides assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Music’s most precious resource — the artist — sometimes needs protection.

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Art Fair | Back to Cool
Sep
17
12:00pm12:00pm

Art Fair | Back to Cool

Come visit the gallery for our first outdoor art fair Back to Cool featuring art, music, and food trucks!

On Saturday from 12-6 pm we will host a free art fair in our newly renovated outdoor gallery, “The Garden of Music Delights.”

With over 40 artists and photographers works on display, this is our biggest outdoor event to-date! The fair will feature:

  • Fine art limited edition prints
  • Paintings, drawings, mixed media fine art
  • EMEK concert poster sale 20-25% off (unframed & framed)
  • Concert posters from 1960s – present day
  • Vintage records and magazines
  • Music photography book sale
  • Introducing Mr Musichead exclusive History of Cool T-shirts and tank-tops
  • FREE Mr Musichead Gallery logo T-shirt with purchase (First 25 customers only)

Artists in Attendance:

  • Aaron Johnson – super realist paintings & drawings
  • Arnaud Azoulay – psychedelic line drawings
  • Hayato Takano – sheet music collage portraits
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Baron Wolman | The Woodstock Years
Aug
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Baron Wolman | The Woodstock Years

Hosted by Pamela Des Barres

On display until September 6, 2016

Baron Wolman: The Woodstock Years, a Los Angeles premiere photography exhibition will feature original photographs of Woodstock 1969 and a curated selection of images from Wolman’s Rolling Stone Magazine music archive. The event will be hosted by the legendary Pamela Des Barres, formerly known as the rock and roll groupie, “Miss Pamela.”

A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit organization that facilitates dynamic music education programs providing scholarships to youth giving them access to lessons, instruments, and a performance platform.

The centerpiece of this landmark showing is a colossal 6 foot x 10 foot photographic print titled “300,000 Strong.”  It is an awe inspiring image taken from the stage looking out at the crowd massed on the hill taking in the spectacle that was The Woodstock Music Festival, in August, 1969.

Celebrating the 47th Anniversary of that cultural milestone while presenting a retrospective of Wolman’s fascinating career, the display will give attendees an indelible impression of the importance of that special era.  Woodstock was the culmination of a decade that saw music parallel the transformation of American society. Beginning in 1967 as Rolling Stone magazine’s first chief staff photographer, he along with founding editor Ralph Gleason and a cast of brilliant columnists gave us not just a glimpse but the real inside story behind the music and the musicians who composed, recorded, and performed the soundtrack of a generation.

During those early Rock journalism days, the photographers were granted virtually unlimited access to their subjects  In Wolman’s case, the result was revealing LIVE, behind the scenes, and studio photographs of Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Iggy Pop, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Jim Morrison and many more.  These images have become transcendent, timeless pieces that reverberate through the decades.

With the world today grasping for it’s truth and conscience, it seems fitting to reflect back and reference a time and place where, at least for three days of Peace, Love, & Music, people of all ages, races, skin color, and religions got together as just brothers and sisters to enjoy the one universal element they could all agree on: Music as a message of solidarity.

“Woodstock showed the world how things could have been and for this reason it’s important that we never forget this experience, this place, this time, this dream that came true…” – Baron Wolman

Partial proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to facilitate a dynamic music education and to teach beginning and accomplished musicians of all skill levels. Rock on!

This is a ticketed event and reservation is required. To reserve your tickets, please click here. Tickets available via Eventbrite.

Wine & hors d’oeuvres generously provided by our friends at the
Crescent Hotel Beverly Hills.

Special LIVE music guest to be announced!
Stay tuned!

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George Gruel | Warren Zevon: Lawyers, Guns, & Photos
Jul
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

George Gruel | Warren Zevon: Lawyers, Guns, & Photos

Join us for an evening of tribute to the late singer-songwriter and musician Warren Zevon. Warren Zevon: Lawyers, Guns, & Photographs by Zevon’s aide-de-camp from 1978-83 George Gruel is a one night photo exhibition and auction. This event is a must for all Warren Zevon fans. The night will include LIVE music by Zevon’s 1982 touring band with special guests. LIVE auction of one of a kind Zevon memorabilia for charity, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. Book signing and talk with George Gruel for his book of the same title. “Lawyers, Guns, & Photos: Photographs and tales of my adventures with Warren Zevon.”

LIVE Performance featuring:

Jordan Zevon

Jorge Calderon

Leland Sklar

Matt Cartsonis

Bob Glaub

Brian McDonald

John O’Kennedy

Billy Watts

Mark “Pocket” Goldberg

Eric Kufs

Zeke Zirngiebel from Warren’s 1980 band

David Landau from Warren’s 1978 & 1980 band and albums

Larry Larson from Warren’s 1982 band

Randy Brown from Warren’s 1982 band

John Wood from Warren’s 1982 band

George doesn’t know why he saved all this stuff for all of these years, but he’s certainly glad he did. The photos were not properly stored, but somehow, they survived, as did he. It was a fabulous time to be the music business, and in Los Angeles, especially with Warren and all of the adventures they had. Warren introduced George to a lot of really interesting people and ideas.

There has been plenty written about the darker side of Warren’s life. George thinks the good out weighs the bad. A lot of people had a lot of wonderful times with him. This book celebrates those times and the man Warren was when he was not in combat with his demons. His humor and biting wit were a splendid thing to be around. The bad may have sold papers and intrigued folks, but the good side of WZ is far more interesting.

People often comment that they wished that the media covered more good news and stories of unique humans doing interesting things. Well, this is one of those good news stories that needs to told, hence, this book.

Warren had a multitude of friends that have countless stories of fun, creative and hilarious times with him. This is one of them. George spent a little over five years with Warren; five years that he says were some of the best days of his life. After perusing this book you’ll have a bit more insight into the wonderful, fun loving and complex individual that was Warren William Zevon. Enjoy the ride.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Zevon died of pleural mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. We are glad to honor Zevon’s legacy through this one night event and raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure.

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Markus Klinko | Bowie Unseen
May
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Markus Klinko | Bowie Unseen

Join us at the artist reception for photographer Markus Klinko’s Bowie Unseen, rare and exquisite images of David Bowie. The renowned photographer had the opportunity to capture Bowie in his Soho studio for Bowie’s 2002 album cover Heathen and again for the cover of GQ’s “Men of the Year” issue. The images reveal the artistic spirit and impeccable style that Bowie always took great care to display. This west coast premiere exhibition will feature over 20 fine art photographic prints.

As one of today’s most notable celebrity photographers, Klinko has been featured in numerous international galleries and museums. He has worked with Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Naomi Campbell, and Iman—to name a few.The fine art, limited edition prints will be hand signed by Klinko and available for purchase in several sizes.

Partial proceeds from print sales will be donated to Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. While this is a free event, thanks to Eventbrite, we are accepting donations with your RSVP (100% of your ticket donation will go to the charity minus Eventbrite fees). For those of you who would like to donate $100, we’d like to invite you to a private preview with the photographer Markus Klinko an hour before the opening at 6 pm while enjoying champagne & hors d’oeuvres. Only 50 private preview tickets will be available.

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American Valhalla | The Art of Post Pop Depression
Apr
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

American Valhalla | The Art of Post Pop Depression

Join Iggy Pop, Josh Homme, Dean Fertita, and Matt Helders for the one night opening of “Iggy Pop American Valhalla: The Art of Post Pop Depression” at Mr Musichead Gallery. Photographs by Andreas Neumann and drummer Matt Helders, will be available for purchase signed by the photographer and the band. The exhibition will feature 24 fine art photographs documenting the making of Post Pop Depression, along with a display of 8 mm film footage capturing the behind the scenes action.

From shots taken in the California’s Joshua Tree desert to an abandoned parking garage to pictures revealing the band’s performances on stage in Los Angeles, this exhibition expresses the cooperation and complicity between Josh Homme, Iggy Pop and Andreas Neumann. The photographer’s work captures the two famous composers and their artistic collaboration.

Limited number of tickets will be available

Band is expected to arrive prompty at the start of the event.

Partial proceeds benefit Josh Homme’s The Sweet Stuff Foundation

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Group Show | British Invasion: 1962-1966
Apr
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Group Show | British Invasion: 1962-1966

Art Kane (1925 – 1995) was one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century. A bold visionary, Kane’s work encompassed fashion, editorial, celebrity portraiture, travel, and nudes with a relentless and innovative eye. Like his contemporaries, Guy Bourdin (1928 – 1991) and Helmut Newton (1924 – 2004), Kane gravitated toward strong color, eroticism and surreal humor.

 Of that handful of elite post – WWII photographers, Art Kane was the wild child: unflinching, uncompromising and unsentimental. A pioneer of numerous concepts in modern photography, Kane was only interested in what could happen next, how to evolve, to change, to do it better, and to accept nothing less than brilliance.

 After graduating from Cooper Union with honors in 1950 Kane designed page layouts at Esquire and at age 27 was named art director at Seventeen, the youngest art director of a major magazine in New York City. In 1956 he studied with Alexey Brodovitch at The New School, where other students included Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Diane Arbus. As a disciple of Brodovitch’s Art Kane learned to worship the unknown.

 Thirty years before Photoshop and digital imaging, armed only with a light table and a loupe, Kane invented the ‘sandwich’ image; two, four, and more transparencies layered, inverted, reversed, book-matched, painstakingly aligned, and taped together at the edges. In perfecting this technique, Kane pioneered photographic storytelling by investing his images with metaphor and poetry, effectively turning photography into illustration.

 In 1958, Kane assembled the greatest legends in jazz and shot what became one of his most famous images, Harlem 1958. In the 1960s and 1970s, he photographed, among others, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Janis Joplin, the Doors, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan.

 While the battle for civil rights and the Vietnam War raged, Kane was refining a conscientious response to the period with his editorial work, accessible and populist in its ability to communicate to a large audience.

 Kane also contributed to the major fashion magazines of his era, including US, United Kingdom and European editions as well as creating startling ad campaigns for the fashion and beauty industry.

 In his lifetime Kane was honored by almost every photo-design organization in the United States: American Society of Magazine Photographers, Photographer of the Year, Newspaper Guild of America, Page One Award, Augustus Saint-Gaudens Medal for Distinguished Achievement, Cooper-Union, New York Art Directors Club, (14) Medals and (28) Awards of Distinctive Merit. In 1984 Kane was given the American Society of Magazine Photographers Lifetime Achievement Award and awards from the AlGA, Society of Typographic Arts and Communication Arts Magazine and awards from Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit art directors clubs.

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Chad Smith | Parallax
Apr
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Chad Smith | Parallax

Join us for an evening with Chad Smith. Parallax serves as the fine art debut of drummer Chad Smith. The collection, which features 13 different works, is crafted from the rhythm-on-canvas medium. Like a painter using brushes with oils of different colors, Smith worked with drumsticks that light in a variety of ways to craft rhythms that would translate into canvas. Following the rhythmic work, each visual is brought into the Los Angeles studio SceneFour, where the captured rhythms undergo an extensive and sophisticated process to bring out the abstract. Finally each work is named by Smith and laid to canvas in this highly limited release, Parallax.

Over the last three decades, Chad Smith has become one of the most recognizable figures in rock and rhythm. As drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, he’s old more than 80 million albums and has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With supergroup Chickenfoot and the Bombastic Meatbats, he’s expanded into a variety of musical genres with an extraordinary assortment of collaborators. And with Parallax, his debut collection of fine art, he moves from sound to sight through sophisticated technology to visually harness his preternatural drum skills, previously seen only through sound, now rendered gloriously visible.

Partial proceeds benefit Camp Korey.

 

 

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Ted Russell | Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964
Apr
4
to Apr 21

Ted Russell | Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964

Exhibition Open to the Public: Monday, April 4th

On display until April 21, 2016

A US premiere exhibition of Ted Russell’s intimate, previously unseen, photographs of Bob Dylan in New York City. The photographs chronicle days in the life of the then unknown folk artist – backstage and onstage at the folk clubs, hanging out in his apartment with his girlfriend, Suze Rotolo, at his writing desk, and on the street. They give a fresh, candid glimpse of what life in Greenwich Village was like for the 20 year-old folk bard.

Chris Murray, exhibition curator and co-author of the accompanying book, notes: “This collection of photographs by Ted Russell is a unique document of Dylan’s first years as a musical artist and his genesis in Greenwich Village. In the photographs, as in Dylan’s music, we can see his conviction and compassion, his humour, and his love of song. Whether he was inspired by Little Richard, the Clancy Brothers or Woody Guthrie, Dylan remained rooted in tradition while making something contemporary and of his own time. We are enriched by this portrait of the artist as a young man.”

Ted Russell took the photographs in order to pitch a story about the trials and tribulations of an up-and-coming folk singer – a theme that has recently been taken up in the acclaimed film Inside Llewyn Davis. But back then, the subject failed to drum up interest: “Saturday Evening Post editors were enthusiastic about my proof sheets … but when I played a Dylan demo record, they asked me if I was playing it at the correct speed, and they passed”, Russell recalls, laughing.

After 50 years lying largely dormant in a file cabinet, the complete collection has been brought to light in Bob Dylan: NYC 1961-1964 (Rizzoli 2015). The book includes texts by Ted Russell and Chris Murray, and a foreword by Donovan. It is available in the gallery for $35.

Copyright Ted Russell & Govinda Gallery

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Jack Robinson | From LA to Memphis
Mar
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jack Robinson | From LA to Memphis

Join us for the opening reception of Jack Robinson: From Memphis to LA. The Los Angeles premiere photography exhibition will feature photographs of Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen, The Who, Iggy Pop, James Taylor, Tina Turner, and many more. This curated selection from the Jack Robinson Archive will display stunning portraits which showcase Mr. Robinson’s exceptional talent for lighting and composition.

It was in New Orleans that Robinson began his career in photography. Much of his early work was shot in the French Quarter where he documented street scenes and vibrant nightlife. He frequented Dixie’s Bar of Music, a Bourbon Street club which was an epicenter of the New Orleans gay community in the 1950s and 1960s, and hangout of artists and writers such as Lyle Saxon, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and Gore Vidal. During this period he refined his talent as a photographer, capturing portraits of notable figures of the southern Bohemia art and culture scene in New Orleans, and documenting the gay community’s involvement in Mardi Gras.

In 1954 Robinson traveled to Mexico with Betty Parsons, the famous New York art dealer, and photographed scenes of Mexican life. At Parsons’ encouragement, he moved to New York in 1955 to pursue a career in fashion photography. He was quickly recognized as an emerging talent and was sought out by top designers in the fashion industry. In 1959 he shot his first major cover for a fashion special for Life Magazine. In the late 1950s he began free-lancing for The New York Times Magazine under style editor Carrie Donovan. His relationship with Donovan proved to be important for Robinson. When she left the magazine in 1965 to work for Vogue, she brought Robinson with her.

At Vogue that Robinson photographed many of his most famous subjects including Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Jack Nicholson, and Cher. Robinson remained at Vogue for the duration of his time in New York, amassing a large body of work between 1965 and 1973.

In the late 1960s he began frequenting Andy Warhol’s Factory in Manhattan and his lifestyle gradually shifted towards the excesses that were typical of the Factory scene of the era. In the early 1970s he developed a serious drinking problem and his professional career and financial stability began to unravel as a result. By the end of 1972 Robinson’s once steady flow of work had slowed to a trickle. Facing financial problems he left New York and moved south to Memphis, Tennessee. His career as a professional photographer was over, and it was a part of his life that Robinson would seldom speak of in years to come. He became an intensely private person. For reasons not at all clear, he seemed determined to remain anonymous. He once confided in a friend that “he wanted a coffee table book after he was dead, but he just didn’t want any limelight while he was alive.”

Jack Robinson (1928-1997) was a very talented, but very private man. While he did not seek any
attention for his work during his lifetime, he did hope that it might be celebrated posthumously.
He requested that a coffee table book be published after his passing, and upon the discovery of his
the heir to his estate, Dan Oppenheimer, realized the depth of Jack’s talent. In 1998, The Jack Robinson Archive was formed to preserve and promote Jack’s legacy as a photographer and as an artist. In 2011, Jack’s dream of a book displaying his portraits was realized.

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Group Show | Grammy’s MusiCares: A Look Back
Feb
4
to Feb 9

Group Show | Grammy’s MusiCares: A Look Back

 Grammy’s MusiCares: A Look Back, debuting at the Andaz West Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. is a new photography exhibition honoring MusiCares’ 2016 Person of the Year, Lionel Richie, and past honorees. Curated by us here at Mr Musichead Gallery, the exhibition’s unveiling reception and benefit on February 4th will kick off the 58th annual GRAMMY celebrations and gives visitors an intimate look back at MusiCares’ most rocking Persons of the Year including Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, and more.

Featured Artists include: Terry O’Neill, Al Satterwhite, Lisa Law, James Fortune, Guy Webster, Chris Walter, Allan Tannenbaum, & Sherry Rayn Barnett.

The works will be displayed at Andaz West Hollywood as part of the hotel’s rotating art program, Art Seen at Andaz. In a unique opportunity, hotel guests and neighbors will receive an up-close look at the stunning portraits on Thursday, February 4th from 7-9 PM. Guests will also receive a chance to give back. Proceeds from sales of the gallery pieces and limited edition prints will benefit MusiCares’ programs including financial, health, and welfare services for musicians.

Every year MusiCares honors a Person of the Year, commending musicians for their artistic achievements and their philanthropic contributions. We’ve chosen photographs that showcase these honorees at the height of their careers. We’re proud to celebrate these musicians through this photography display and donate to the Grammy’s MusiCares Foundation. We’ve partnered with MusiCares for the past 7 years. Each year we ask our visual artists to donate art to the MusiCares annual silent auction. This year, with this exhibition, we’re helping to raise awareness about the important work MusiCares does and donations for their cause.

The debut of “GRAMMY’S MusiCares: A Look Back”, will take place on Thursday, February 4th with a special reception from 7-9 PM at the Mezzanine at Andaz West Hollywood. The reception is open to guests, friends, and neighbors. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served as well as a special live DJ set.

Andaz West Hollywood is located at 8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069.

To learn more about MusiCares visit www.Grammy.org.

For more information about Andaz West Hollywood visit www.westhollywood.andaz.com

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Grace Slick | The White Rabbit Comes to Hollywood
Nov
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Grace Slick | The White Rabbit Comes to Hollywood

Exhibition on display until December 5, 2015

Join us for an evening with Grace Slick. This LA premiere exhibition will display 25 original works of art and limited edition prints. The Jefferson Airplane singer is showing another side to her talented persona.

Celebrating 50 years of Jefferson Airplane, you’ll see a white rabbit or two.

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Lecture | Chasing the Light: The Rock and Roll photography of Jay Blakesberg
Oct
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

Lecture | Chasing the Light: The Rock and Roll photography of Jay Blakesberg

Chasing the Light: The Rock and Roll photography of Jay Blakesberg A slide show/lecture presentation about Jay’s 35 year photographic journey, his years following The Grateful Dead, backstage Rock and Roll stories and his newest book: “Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love Devotion and Surrender.”    

Chasing the Light: The Rock and Roll photography of Jay Blakesberg

A slide show/lecture presentation about Jay’s 35 year photographic journey, his years following The Grateful Dead, backstage Rock and Roll stories and his newest book: “Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love Devotion and Surrender.”

 

 

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Group Show | Truckin: Celebrating 50 Years of The Grateful Dead
Jun
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Group Show | Truckin: Celebrating 50 Years of The Grateful Dead

Join us as we celebrate 50 years of the Grateful Dead here at Mr Musichead Gallery. The group formed in 1965 in Palo Alto amid the counter culture of the San Francisco Bay area. The band, known for its unique and eclectic style, fused elements of rock, folk, blues, reggae, country, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, and space rock. Fifty years later, the four original members — Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir — will reunite at Chicago’s Soldier Field on July 3-5, 2015. Nearly 20 years to the day of the last Grateful Dead concert, which took place at the same venue.

We’ll be featuring the art and photography of Peter Simon, Adrian Boot, Jay Blakesberg, Baron Wolman, Leni Sinclair. Arnaud Azoulay, and Jack Morefield.

Exhibition on display until July 9th

Photo by Baron Wolman

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Rolling Stones | Clear Vinyl LPs & Lithographs Launch
Jun
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Rolling Stones | Clear Vinyl LPs & Lithographs Launch

Mr Musichead Gallery invites you to join us for the launch reception of the Rolling Stones clear vinyl LPs and lithographs.

We are pleased to welcome Chris Carter, of Chris Carter’s British Invasion on SiriusXM Radio who will be our host for the evening. Spotlight Gallery, a new business from the parent company of Time Life, is releasing three classic early Stones albums with lithographs.

Only 2,500 of these hand-numbered and embossed museum-quality lithographs signed in the plate by Rolling Stones members will be available through a special license granted by ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.

These highly valuable collectible LP and lithograph sets, each with a Certificate of Authenticity, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The lithographs are printed on acid-free, 100lb Opus dull cover stock measuring 20” x 24”.

It should be noted that no additional copies will be produced after the initial press run is exhausted and the signature plates will be destroyed. The printing plates contain signatures of the band’s personnel at the time each album was recorded: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman on the ‘12 X 5′ and ‘Let It Bleed’ lithographs, and Jagger, Richards, Watts and Wyman on ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!

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Scott Smith | Tom Waits: Early Photographs
May
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Scott Smith | Tom Waits: Early Photographs

In 1974 Scott Smith was a young photographer living in San Diego, when he was introduced by a mutual friend to Tom Waits. Both Waits and Smith had a passion for music and they soon became friends. Smith’s compelling black and white photographs of Waits document his start as a folk singer and songwriter, and then through a period of time during which Waits’ musical persona emerged.

Smith photographed Waits relaxing with friends, in performance, at his apartment, cruising in his car, playing pool, talking with locals at a lunch counter, and more, while at the same time photographing the Southern Californian environment they both grew up in. Smith’s images give us an intimate portrait of Tom Waits in the process of defining himself as a musical artist and the environment he lived in.

Scott Smith started taking photographs in the early 1970s in San Diego, California. Aside from several months in the mining districts of South Wales, and road trips around the Southwestern United States, Smith’s photographic work focused largely on Southern California. By the mid-seventies Smith became a shipyard welder in Newport News Virginia and later returned to San Diego to pursue a career as union construction electrician. In 1988 Smith received a degree from San Diego State University and in 2004 a PhD in British history from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a lecturer in American and Russian history at the University of Pittsburgh.

– Chris Murray, Govinda Gallery

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Booking Signing | Jay Blakesberg: Guitars That Jam
May
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Booking Signing | Jay Blakesberg: Guitars That Jam

Jay Blakesberg, will be here at Mr Musichead Gallery signing copies of his new book, Guitars That Jam: Portraits of the World’s Most storied Rock Guitars. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

Jay Blakesberg is a San Francisco-based photographer and video director whose work appears regularly in many magazines, including Rolling Stone and Guitar Player. Over the last 25 years his photographic rock and roll journey has seen him work with many legendary artists including Carlos Santana, Tori Amos, Jane’s Addiction, Radiohead and Phish to name just a few. He has published several volumes of his work, which include books on The Grateful Dead, Primus and The Flaming Lips. Recently he has directed live video for The Flaming Lips, REM, Spearhead, Gov’t Mule, Phil Lesh, Widespread Panic and many others.

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Book Signing | John Densmore from The Doors
May
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Book Signing | John Densmore from The Doors

Join us for an evening with John Densmore, drummer for The Doors.  Densmore will be here at Mr Musichead Gallery signing copies of his book The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes on Trial. 

Densmore examines the conflict between the accumulation of wealth at the expense of our principles and relationships. In his book, he looks at the conflict between him and his band mates as they fought to use the The Doors’ name.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Hardcover book price is $25. Paperback book is $15.

Also available for purchase, “Occupy Joe Strummer” poster created by Shepard Fairey, signed by both Densmore and Fairey. All proceeds from the sale of this poster will be donated to The Joe Strummer Foundation. The mission of the foundation is give opportunities to aspiring musicians and support projects around the word that create social mobility through music.

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Brian Duffy | A Lad Insane
May
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Brian Duffy | A Lad Insane

Mark your calendar for this must-see exhibit, A Lad Insane by Brian Duffy. Mr Musichead Gallery is partnering with Brit Week to host a special evening, this year celebrating the life and legacy of British photographer Brian Duffy.

With fellow photographers David Bailey and Terence Donovan, Duffy was a key player in the ‘Swinging Sixties’, a culture of high fashion and celebrity chic. Together the ‘Black Trinity’ redefined not only the aesthetic of fashion photography but also the place of the photographer within the industry.

On display will be photos from Brian Duffy’s five different photographic shoots with David Bowie. These groundbreaking sessions not only documented Bowie’s career and pioneering reinvention, but illustrate Duffy’s special relationship with him.

The evening’s co-hosts will be Martin and Mary Samuel. An award-winning hair stylist, Martin worked with Bowie on the set of “The Man Who Fell to Earth”. The 1976 British science fiction film was directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring David Bowie.

Chris Duffy will be present to talk about his father’s working relationship with David Bowie.  Copies of his book  ‘Duffy Bowie : Five Sessions’  will be available for purchase and signing on the evening.

Exhibition closes May 23rd.

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Pearl Thompson | Through the Eyes of Birds
Mar
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Pearl Thompson | Through the Eyes of Birds

Pearl (aka Porl) Thompson, best known for his work with The Cure, will display original works for his US premiere exhibition. Thompson will display a visually inspiring collection of work that he has worked on for the past 2 years. This will be the first solo exhibition for the artist showcasing his mixed media paintings. Mr. Thompson’s new work is vastly different from the older artwork featured on some of The Cure’s most famous albums. His artwork today is oil and acrylic on canvas with intentional brushstrokes and colorful slashes of light. This is a real celebration of his evolution and will create quite a stir for all Cure fans.

 

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