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It is with the deepest of feelings that we remember Alfred Wertheimer. His beautiful photographs of Elvis Presley are the ‘rock of ages’ of images of Elvis Presley, or of any musical artists for that matter. They are simply the greatest photographs of the greatest rocker of all time.
Moreover, Alfred Wertheimer himself was a person of the best qualities we admire in an individual… thoughtful, imaginative, truthful, clever, supportive, tender, magnanimous, funny, talented, loving, and a true friend.
Alfred and Elvis may have both ‘left the building,’ but their legacy of artistry will be with us forever.
Thank you, once again, dear Alfred.
There will be a service for Alfred Wertheimer in New York City on Friday, October 24 at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel at 630 Amsterdam Ave. at 91st Street. Family will be receiving visitors starting at noon and the service will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Muhammad Ali at Govinda Gallery performing a magic trick for the Govinda Girls and gallery director Chris Murray, as photographer Howard Bingham signs a copy of his book Muhammad Ali: A Thirty Year Journey, September 21, 1995. Copyright © Chester Simpson. All Rights Reserved.
Last weekend The Georgetowner newspaper celebrated its 60th anniversary. Publisher Sonya Bernhardt hosted a reception on the roof of Capella in Georgetown where guests enjoyed the rise of a spectacular Harvest Moon. The Georgetowner published a special 60th anniversary edition (Vol. 61 No. 1) and legendary editor-in-chief for 42 years, David Roffman, wrote a piece called “My Moments for 60 Years” describing his top moments in Georgetown. Govinda Gallery is honored to be among them as Roffman writes that one of his all-time highlights is “Meeting Muhammad Ali at Chris Murray’s Govinda Gallery”. Govinda hosted an exhibition of Howard Bingham’s photographs of Muhanmmad Ali to celebrate Govinda’s 20th anniversary. In 1995 Ali attended the opening and stayed for over three hours signing autographs and greeting everyone who came to say hello to him, generally causing unbelievable delight and love in the packed gallery and out on the street. Next year is Govinda Gallery’s 40th anniversary in the fine art and book business. Ali’s visit to Govinda Gallery will never be forgotten. Govinda salutes The Georgetowner!
John Lennon, Hamburg, Germany 1960. Copyright © Astrid Kirchherr. All Rights Reserved.
Projection installation September 20, 2014, United Nations headquarters New York City.
There has been a lot of attention to William Coupon’s photographs recently. The extraordinary projection installation on the United Nations headquarters by Obscura Digital and the Oceanic Preservation Society featured Coupon’s portraits of people from all cultures and all corners of the world. It was truly spectacular.
His wonderful portraits of Neil Young and Jerry Garcia are featured on the covers of the new special collectors editions of Rolling Stone. William Coupon is an amazing portrait photographer.
Coupon’s first exhibition was held at Govinda Gallery in the Spring of 2005. His photographs are available through Govinda Gallery. Coupon is also available for private portrait commissions.
Miles Davis, New York City 1987. This image was used on the invitation card for Coupon’s Govinda Gallery exhibition. Copyright © William Coupon. All Rights Reserved.
Photograph of Tom Waits on the back cover of his 1974 album, “The Heart of Saturday Night” by Scott Smith. Copyright © Scott Smith. All Rights Reserved.
This year is the 40th anniversary of the release of Tom Waits’ album The Heart of Saturday Night . Time flies. Photographer and historian Scott Smith took this photograph of Waits at a Los Angeles newsstand that was used on the back cover of that classic recording. Scott Smith’s extraordinary photos of Tom Waits are available through Govinda Gallery. Smith’s first exhibition of his Tom Waits photos will be held at Mr. Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles next spring.
Comedian, actor, and author Richard Lewis just released last week his new DVD box set “Bundle of Nerves”. Ronnie Wood’s portrait of Richard Lewis is featured on the cover of the box set. We love Ronnie Wood here at Govinda and it was our great pleasure to host his first-ever exhibition in the United States in 1987.
I went to see Lewis’ sold-out performance at Caroline’s Comedy Club in New York this past weekend. It was brilliant. The New York Times on Friday highlighted Lewis’ show and wrote “This renowned comedian, often considered an heir to Lenny Bruce, is a master of long-form storytelling who turns his endless neurotic energy into brilliant comedy.”
Lewis is releasing this spring his much-anticipated book Reflections From Hell, with drawings by artist extraordinaire Carl Titolo. Reflections From Hell is being published by powerHouse Books and includes a preface by Govinda Gallery director Chris Murray.
From left to right: Richard Lewis, Chris Murray, powerHouse Managing Editor Will Luckman, and artist Carl Titolo backstage at Caroline’s. Copyright © Carlotta Hester. All Rights Reserved.
Oh Say Can You See, 1992. Copyright © Govinda Gallery. All Rights Reserved.
Yesterday, 200 years ago, Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner”. We present here the great American folk artist Howard Finster’s tribute to Key’s enduring poem. Published by Govinda Gallery as a limited edition hand-pulled serigraph and signed by Finster, this wonderful tribute to the stars and stripes was part of Finster’s “American Flag Paintings” exhibition at Govinda Gallery in the spring of 1992.
Govinda Gallery Director Chris Murray with the members of The Strypes. From left to right: Peter O’Hanlon (bass), Ross Farrelly (vocals/harmonica), Chris Murray, Evan Walsh (drums), Josh McLorey (guitar/vocals)). Copyright © Anna Jacoby. All Rights Reserved.
Tuesday night Irish rock band The Strypes played their first gig in Washington, D.C. at the 9:30 Club. They rocked the house with their fast-paced and dynamic show. Their recent appearance on the David Letterman show, a feature story in Rolling Stone, and Elton John signing them to his management company Rocket Music, testifies to this cool young band’s talent. I have a special affection for The Strypes as they hail from County Cavan, Ireland, where my grandfather was born and where I spend my summers. If you’re in New York catch their gig at The Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 23 before they return to London to record their second album.
Left: Strypes drummer Evan Walsh performing at 930 Club. Right: Guitarist Josh McLorey with journalist and author Leslie Cockburn backstage. Copyright © Anna Jacoby. All Rights Reserved.
The Strypes at the 930 Club. Copyright © Alessandra Beggiato. All Rights Reserved.
Andrew Loughnane and Deon McGarrity, Grand Canal Theater, Dublin.
Dublin’s premier photo festival, PhotoIreland, is on through August 31st and features an installation on the punk skateboard culture in Ireland by photographer Alex Sheridan. Curated by John Kenny, one of Govinda Gallery’s best friends in Ireland, Sheridan’s billboard-size photographs can be seen at the outdoor Art Lot Dublin exhibition space.
Govinda Gallery has organized three exhibitions that feature the punk/skateboard culture in the U.S. including two exhibitions by Glen Friedman and an exhibition by Susie J. Horgan.
Chris Murray and curator John Kenny, July 2014. © Carlotta Hester
© Arthur Grace
“It’s not so much what a comedian does on stage, it’s what remains on stage after the comedian’s left.” – Jack Rollins, from the Introduction to Comedians by Arthur Grace.
In January 1994 Govinda Gallery featured an exhibition of photographs of comedians by photojournalist Arthur Grace. The exhibition also celebrated the publication of Grace’s book of photos and stories called Comedians. Robin Williams was Arthur Grace’s entry into the world of comedians. Grace featured his wonderful portrait of Williams holding a baby on the cover of his book as well as a portrait of Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire on the invitation card for his Govinda exhibition… he dedicated his book Comedians to Robin Williams. Our lives are richer because of Robin Williams’ artistry.
“Ah, death. Nature’s way of saying, ‘Check, please!'” – Robin Williams