Daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe. If you’re in New York City there are some beautifully curated museum exhibitions that I recently saw. The Morgan Library and Museum has a remarkable exhibition on Edgar Allan Poe called Terror of the Soul. Original hand-written manuscripts, vintage photographs, and rare books bring to life one of the greatest […]
In April 1999, legendary songwriter and musician Lou Reed visited Govinda Gallery to see Mick Rock’s exhibition A Photographic Record. This photograph shows Lou Reed with gallery director Chris Murray enjoying Mick Rock’s contact sheet images of Reed. The cover image for Reed’s iconic album Transformer was taken from this photo session by Mick Rock.
Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor perform at the Cutting Room Saturday, November 9, 2013. Copyright © Sasha Murray “This is the best non-Stones adventure I have ever had”, said Ronnie Wood from the stage of The Cutting Room in NYC this past Saturday night. He and Rolling Stones’ former lead guitar extraordinaire Mick Taylor had […]
Bobby Parker Copyright © Fernando Sandoval. All Rights Reserved. Washington’s own Bobby Parker passed on last week. Bobby made a personal appearance at Govinda Gallery to celebrate Fernando Sandoval’s exhibition in February 2011. It was a great moment at Govinda. It was my honor to meet Bobby in front of the gallery when he pulled […]
The November issue of Vanity Fair has an excellent story by James Wolcott about the “avalanche of books” marking the 50th anniversary of J.F.K.’s assassination on November 22, 1963. Wolcott refers to Kennedy’s untimely death as “one of those unifying, defining moments when everyone alive remembers where they were when the news struck, shattering the […]
I was watching the Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys game Sunday night and was pleased to hear NBC use Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman” as part of the broadcast in between the play action. It was just last Thursday that Donovan was nominated for induction in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame for 2014 for his extraordinary songs such as […]
I really enjoyed the New York Times story on photographer Chris Makos on October 3. Makos has had seven one-person exhibitions at Govinda Gallery, starting in 1981. Govinda published two silkscreen portfolios of his photographs. Icons featured his portraits of Salvador Dali, John Lennon, Mick Jaggar, Liz Taylor, and Andy Warhol, and Man Ray, a […]
“Elvis Presley Jump” Copyright © Alfred Wertheimer. All Rights Reserved. There’s a big buzz around the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Dancing the Dream that was scheduled to begin today. The exhibition showcases “generations of performers, choreographers, and impresarios of dance.” The Tea Bags don’t like culture very much, but shutdowns won’t stop art. In appreciation […]