07.20.2007 - ''I'll Be Watching You: Inside The Police 1980-1983'' - exhibition by Andy Summers (Boston) July 21-August 10...
WHAT: The Police, along with throngs of eager fans, will invade Fenway Park on July 28th and 29th for two sensational concerts. Surrounding these rare appearances, Newbury Fine Arts is offering the public a glimpse into the lives of The Police during their touring heyday. In the early 1980s, The Police went on tour accompanied by a photographer who documented the band behind the scenes in a series of candid and striking black and white photos. This talented photographer also happened to be the band's guitarist, Andy Summers. He possessed a visual gift for composition and mood that allowed him to capture the spirit of The Police better than anyone else could have. With the band's reemergence, Andy Summers heralds his return with a triathlon of photographic output: An exclusive photographic exhibition and two books published by Taschen. Somewhere between photojournalism and an illustrated diary, this exhibition follows The Police around the globe between 1980 and 1983. From the American West to Australia to Japan, Summers recorded not only the band members rehearsing and partying - the proverbial sex, drugs, and rock and roll - he also photographed fans, landscapes, still life's, and passersby. Containing 38 exclusive limited edition, hand signed prints and filled with diary-style entries, I'll Be Watching You is a sumptuous volume beating with musical energy, nostalgia, and atmospheric beauty.
WHO: Andy Summers - founding member of The Police
WHEN: Exhibit runs July 21 - August 10, 2007 Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm / Sunday 12-5:00pm - Public Art Sale & Party: Thursday, July 26 / 6:30 - 8:30pm Complimentary wine and appetizers will be served. (Anyone who makes a purchase on or before this special night will be invited to a VIP reception with Andy Summers).
WHERE: Newbury Fine Arts, 29 Newbury St. Boston, MA 02116, (617) 536-0210 www.newburyfinearts.com Admission: Free
MORE: The show is presented in conjunction with Rockarchive.com.
ABOUT ANDY SUMMERS and THE POLICE: In the mid eighties, The Police ruled rock, arguably the most popular band in the world. Thirty years after their founding, twenty-five since they disbanded, fans have waited breathlessly for their return. The wait is over. The Police have embarked on a historic reunion tour. But in the quarter of a century without The Police, Sting, Andy Summers, and Stuart Copeland have hardly been idle, each pursuing solo careers. For Andy Summers, there was not only the precise guitar attacks that created his signature dense, interlocking waves of sound and effects, the jazz albums, and movie soundtracks, Andy's keen ear rivaled his sharp eye with a parallel career as a world-class photographer.
Now a resident in Santa Monica, California, Summers, 64, continues to shoot with his Leica camera. He sees his work as being in the tradition of the great photojournalists and as a complement to his successful and acclaimed solo career with contemporary instrumental music that, like his work with Sting and Stewart Copeland, draws on his love of jazz, world, classical music, and his fascination with creating sonic textures. His post-Police years have produced more than two dozen solo albums, soundtracks, and collaborations, plus hundreds of international concerts, and induction to both the Guitar Player Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Summer's parallel passion for photography has led him to document subjects ranging from rural communities throughout Southeast Asia to timeless noir-style street scenes in cities around the world. His photographs have been shown in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Paris and London, and his books include Throb (1983), the Ralph Gibson collaboration Light Strings: Impressions of the Guitar (2004), and the memoir One Train Later (2006).
ABOUT NEWBURY FINE ARTS: For over 20 years, Newbury Fine Arts has been bringing a wide variety of talent to the Greater Boston area, from celebrity artists to world renowned contemporary masters, providing some of the most exciting art shows in Boston.
ABOUT ROCKARCHIVE.COM: When she founded Rockarchive in 1998, photographer Jill Furmanovsky had in mind the wealth of rock and roll material lying largely hidden in her own vast archive, as well as in the archives of her fellow photographers of the genre. She saw this as a great opportunity to unearth a fascinating and hitherto unseen rock and roll history.
In the footsteps of collectives like Magnum, Rockarchive is run very much on behalf of its photographers. Its philosophy is to accord dignity and recognition to the art of photography and maintain the rights of its practitioners. But the long-term aims are wider: to promote lesser known work by high profile photographers as well as the work of up and coming photographers, to provide a valuable historical resource, to offer news on exhibitions and events and to provide links to other pertinent websites.
The Rockarchive continues going from strength to strength, with international gallery spaces in the UK, Ireland and Holland. The latest gallery to launch is on the world famous Kings Road in Chelsea, UK and offers exclusive 'Artist Proof' and 'End of Edition' images.