The Rolling Stones are much more than a band of four. They are much more than the music they make. They are a global phenomenon who, throughout their 50 year history, have helped shape the pulse of not just music, but culture, fashion, art and technology. As a result of this, they have collaborated with the cream of the crop in the aforementioned mediums, which in turn has led to some of the most iconic artistic creations of the 20th and 21st century.
From November 2016 to March 2017, the Industria Gallery in the meatpacking district hosted the traveling exhibit aptly named “Exhibitionism”, which tells the story of what is arguably the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in the world. The experience was curated to highlight their development throughout the years and showcase how the collaborators they worked so closely with truly helped to direct and influence how the band was perceived and absorbed by people across the globe. With over 500 unique objects including a guitar gallery, tour and album art, stage designs, diaries and other ephemera, the exhibit was a one-of-a-kind look at what it takes to truly be iconic and lasting; or in other terms, how to stand out in a world culture that is constantly focused on what’s fresh and new.
Concert posters, album art and tour collateral were featured throughout the exhibit, including works by Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, Jeff Koons and the Rolling Stones logo designer John Pasche.
The Stones had an eclectic, in-your-face fashion sense, and worked with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, Gucci, Hedi Slimane, Ossie Clark, and L’Wren Scott to design their wardrobes.
The exhibit featured an amazing and extensive guitar collection, including a ‘57 Gibson that was hand painted by Keith Richards as he awaited a pending drug trial that threatened to break up the band.
The Stones had three of the top ten highest grossing tours of all time, which featured some of the most elaborate and well-designed stage experiences. Many of which were designed by Mark Fisher, whose other collaborators include Pink Floyd, Lady Gaga, Madonna, U2, Metallica, and Tina Turner to name a few.