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Music and art come to the city

Kevin Cummins, John Squire, Edwyn Collins and others prove they’re not one trick ponies at the Buy Art Fair starting 24 September

Published on September 15th 2009.

Music and art come to the city

In a move that transcends boundaries between the music and art scenes, Buy Art Fair is showcasing a host of galleries featuring big names in the music industry to present an showcase of their art work.

Throughout his time with the Roses, Squire’s passion for art shone through, with the musician imposing his artistic flair across a range of The Stone Roses’ items from bespoke guitars and drums through to record sleeves and clothing for band members.

Hosted at Urbis, from 24 to 27 September, the contemporary art buying event will uncover artistic talent from the likes of John Squire, Kevin Cummins and Edwyn Collins amongst other major music world figures.

Manchester born Kevin Cummins will be exhibiting work at this year’s Buy Art Fair with Paul Stolper gallery. His portraits of rock musicians, including Joy Division, The Smiths, Oasis and David Bowie, have graced magazine covers, galleries and bedroom walls the world over and are included within collections at The National Portrait Gallery and The V&A amongst others.

Buy Art Fair will be offering visitors the opportunity to get a signed copy of Cummins’ new book – Manchester: Looking for the light through the pouring rain – on Friday 25th September from 1-2pm and 6-7pm at Urbis.

The book takes readers through a historic journey of Manchester, its bands, its fashions and its attitude and explores how these factors have shaped popular culture in a city deemed by many to be one of the coolest internationally.

Also unveiling his work this year will be former-Stone Roses guitarist and song-writer, John Squire, courtesy of Vivienne Gaskin Cultural Management Ltd.

Throughout his time with the Roses, Squire’s passion for art shone through, with the musician imposing his artistic flair across a range of The Stone Roses’ items from bespoke guitars and drums through to record sleeves and clothing for band members.

Five years on from his debut art exhibition, Squire brings his obsessive and meticulous studies of consumer packaging to Buy Art Fair with a series of monumental rusting steel box structures frozen in various states of disassembly. Scorched canvas silhouettes, stamped lead and works in wax and oil continue the exploration of the humble cardboard box. The exhibition can be read as signifying the excesses of consumer production and waste, whilst equally seeming to celebrate the intricacies of the packaging form. Adding to the line up of music legends, Genesis Publications will be exhibiting a signed, limited edition compendium of Ronnie Wood's work entitled 'Wood on Canvas'. An intimate look at the rock star’s 'other' career as an artist, every piece featured has been hand-picked by Ronnie from his archive of sketch books and files. The collection includes portraits of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Keith Moon, and of course, his fellow Stones, accompanied by a wry commentary from Wood. A box set of 12 serigraphs and a book by Sir Peter Blake and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys will also be exhibited.

This year’s Buy Art Fair will also present an opportunity to view art work by Ben Kelly, interior designer of the Hacienda, and Paul Normansell, artist for the Killers Album cover ‘Day & Age’.

Ben Kelly will be interviewed by Jonathan Schofield, the Confidential editor, this week, with a story appearing next week.

Buy Art Fair has partnered with Band on the Wall, a Confidential media partner and famed music venue, which will be re-opening its doors to the public after five years on the same weekend as Buy Art Fair. As part of the partnership, Buy Art Fair and Band on The Wall will be offering exclusive prizes and VIP tickets for both venues.

Celebrations around the collection of music-inspired art will kick off at the preview evening on Thursday 24 September where John Strutton’s band, Arthur Brick, will play at the launch of The Manchester Contemporary, a new platform within Buy Art Fair. Strutton, whose work is curated by DOMOBAAL, is not only recognised for his position as Senior Tutor in Painting at The Royal College of Art, but also for writing his own music and even creating his own drum skins and guitars.

For further information on Buy Art Fair and this year’s line up, visit: www.buyartfair.co.uk

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