Mick Rock’s Fall New York exhibition EXPOSED (also the title of his new book which will be launched at the exhibition, with Kate Moss on the cover sporting a Ziggy Stardust t-shirt) will open at the Sumo Gallery on the 22nd September, 2014 for a four week run. The event will showcase Mick’s iconic images of Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, Blondie, and other rock legends that gave him the title of “The Man Who Shot The Seventies.” The exhibition will include never before seen images of the icons and recent work of today’s musical glitterati.
EXPOSED will also feature a selection of the PhotoArt that he has produced over the past 20 years but rarely exhibited, with interpretations inspired by Mick’s iconic photos of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lady Gaga, Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury, Lou Reed and Paul McCartney.
From the Ramones to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the exhibition will be a visual celebration of the energy and unique style of the music that created the most exciting era in rock history. Quintessential images that created many of the seminal record covers of the seventies will mix with intimate and timeless photographs of the personal and human side of legendary stars. EXPOSED will confirm Mick Rock’s place as one of the most iconic photographers of our time.
Mick’s latest book EXPOSED, the inspiration for this exhibition, will be available at the end of September from Palazzo Editions.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the other side. Those who had the pleasure of existing in his orbit, know that Mick was always so much more than ’The Man Who Shot The 70s.’ He was a photographic poet — a true force of nature who spent his days doing exactly what he loved, always in his own delightfully outrageous way.
The stars seemed to effortlessly align for Mick when he was behind the camera; feeding off of the unique charisma of his subjects electrified and energized him. His intent always intense. His focus always total. A man fascinated with image, he absorbed visual beings through his lens and immersed himself in their art, thus creating some of the most magnificent photographs rock music has ever seen. To know Mick was to love him. He was a mythical creature; the likes of which we shall never experience again.
Let us not mourn the loss, but instead, celebrate the fabulous life and extraordinary career of Michael David Rock. While you do so in your own way, we must ask that the privacy of his nearest and dearest be respected at this time. Therefore, there will be no further comments.
Photo: Nathalie Rock