This weeks Memorabilia Of The Week are these three pieces of artwork created by Dave Stewart, inspired by Bob Dylan and auction by Warchild.
Dave Stewart’s Milestone – Bob Dylan
“If it were not for Bob Dylan’s songs being played in our house, I would never have learned to play the guitar. I learned every song from the Freewheelin album for my first public appearance. I wanted to make my Milestone a simple piece using circles within circles. It was his lyrics which captured my imagination so I had them printed in a spiral towards photographs which come from a short film we made together in Camden Town. We hired the top hat from the BBC. He always reminded me of a Dickensian character and I still love him today as much as I did then”.
Three framed photo montages, each 24″ x 24″.
Bono, Yoko Ono, Bryan Ferry, Kate Bush, Lou Reed and Underworld are among the musicians who pay tribute to their musical heroes in Milestones, an exhibition and auction of major new artwork on behalf of War Child.
The artists were asked to create three-dimensional artworks celebrating the people who were of a special significance to them in their musical career. The work includes Brian Eno on Velvet Underground; Lou Reed on Ornette Colemen; Kate Bush on Billie Holiday; Gary Barlow on Elton John; Massive Attack’s 3D on The Clash; Tim Booth of James on Patti Smith and Dave Stewart on Bob Dylan. Luciano Pavarotti and David Bowie, who are both patrons of War Child, also participated.
There was an amazing diversity among the pieces. Kate Bush, for example,made a bronze statuette, Yoko Ono donated a sculpture of John Lennon’s famous eyeglasses and Gary Barlow’s work contained Elton John memorabilia. Other artists who contributed to the event were Karl Hyde, 3D, Bono, Neil Tennant, Linda McCartney, Andrew Logan/Robyn Beeche, Bryan Ferry, Tim Booth, Holly Johnson , John Squire , Graham Coxon, Bob Geldof , Paul McCartney and Iggy Pop.
The work was sold at auction during a sparkling charity dinner at the Saatchi Gallery in north London on Tuesday 4th February. Following the auction, the work was exhibited to the general public in the ground floor gallery of the Economist Plaza in St James’s Street London, from 6th to 16th February 1997.
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