Kristin Johnson Fine Art Announces the Exhibition, Groupies, Photographs by Baron Wolman, Opening on Friday, October, 18th from 5:30 to Midnight
"Come dressed like a groupie."
Wolman's images capture the über-dedicated fans that religiously followed their favorite rock stars throughout the 60's. Equally as devoted to the tours as the groupies, Baron Wolman was along for the ride, however, for him - it was his job. When rolling stone magazine invited Wolman to shoot for the burgeoning publication, Wolman agreed to work for free, and when the first issue hit the streets five months later, rock history began to be recorded.
As the first rolling stone magazine photographer, Wolman set out to capture the music, lifestyle and passion of rock and roll. During his fast-paced tenure, Wolman's lens captured the royalty of the '60s pop and rock explosion which included: the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, The Who, Joan Baez, Iggy Pop, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead and a motley cast of trend setting hangers-on.
The depth of art Wolman produced throughout his time with the magazine has provided viewers with a historic and artistic documentation of the period. His "legacy of iconic images" is considered the most distinguished amongst high profile photography. His work provides viewers with an artistic representation of the people and the panache that made the era unforgettable.
The groupies photographs will be on exhibit in the - groupie tour bus (mobile art gallery) - specifically decorated to take the viewer back in time in order to evoke their own memories of rock and roll as a fan or a groupie. The tour bus will be parked next to Kristin Johnson fine art. This focal point of the exhibition will consist of traditional black and white photographs - that parallel and exemplify the haute aesthetics of fashion photography. One can even describe his images of the groupies as portraiture, as Wolman respectfully captures the essence of each groupie he has so creatively memorialized.
On display in the main gallery - Kristin Johnson fine art will debut six of baron Wolman's iconic rock star photographs - including: Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, Jim Morrison, Jimmy Hendrix and Tina Turner in a never seen before medium and size. As "special editions of 5" - each iconic image will be printed on a 4' x 6' brushed metal. Additionally - three of Wolman's celebrated groupies will also be displayed in the same manner.
Wolman reminisces as he prepares for his upcoming exhibition: "In the late sixties the groupies had style. Yes, of course, they loved the musicians, but beyond that they were elegant, creative and empowered in their own right. they were beautiful, intelligent, and funny women. For me, photographing them, spending time with them, was delightfully inspiring - and a whole lot of fun!"
This art exhibit will challenge the art industry in Santa Fe as we know it today.
Curated by Alex Sasha Sum - principal of Sumcreative, the creative presentation is provocative as it is guided by a highly regarded luxury brand creative director for print and commercial advertising. Sum's visionary marketing and creative blend of instinct and foresight will deliver a revitalized and trend setting - museum quality presentation to the groupies exhibition. Sum's roster of impressive campaigns and clients include: the Guggenheim museum, 7 for all mankind, Rock Revival and Miss Me jeans, guess and Marciano, Tommy Hilfiger as well as Chrysler, the Venetian Hotel Las Vegas, Monsoon and Rena Lange. Whatever the brand or stratum - Sum ignites success! Her manifesto states: Every brand tells a story... Sumcreative tells the story. Kristin Johnson fine art is honored to have guest curator Alex Sasha Sum - as her unconventional and forward thinking approach will challenge the status-quo.