Rooted: The Rolling Stones and Pop Art

This week we are looking at a piece inspired by Andy Warhol and one of my favorite bands of all time – The Rolling Stones. 

1982 — Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, and Keith Richards (left to right) perform during a Rolling Stones concert. — Image by (C) Lynn Goldsmith/CORBIS

I thought this week would be a great week to talk about The Rolling Stones since they just released their new album “Hackney Diamonds” a couple of weeks ago. This is the band’s first original album in 18 years. The arrival of this album is very exciting for me since This is the first Rolling Stones album to be released in my lifetime. The album is excellent and provides the classic Rolling Stones feel and sound that’s still going strong after more than 60 years of making albums and playing music.

I had the privilege of being able to see them live back in 2021 at the Cotton Bowl with my dad. Of all the concerts I’ve had the privilege to attend, this one definitely stands out as one of my favorites. I remember it was cold and rainy the night of the concert and me and my dad still laugh and talk about our experience together that night. It was by far the best sounding stadium concert I have ever been to. 

This week’s piece is a tribute to one of my favorite artists Andy Warhol, and references some of my favorite Rolling Stones albums and songs. Many look at him as the creator of pop art. 

Pop art is art based on modern popular culture and the mass media, especially as a critical or ironic comment on traditional fine art values. Pop art is also known for its use of color patterns and stand-alone repetitive imagery, each often reflected with a different color pattern. Andy Warhol was a controversial artist due to the uniqueness of his work. A lot of people criticize him for not making “real art” like many artists who come out and invent something new. What I think stands out the most about Andy Warhol though is the fact that he was able to capture beauty in the simplest of things. He also showed the world that art doesn’t have to make sense or be fine art or “real art” to find beauty and meaning in the art being created.

One of my personal favorite things about pop art is how a subtle change in a repeating image, whether it be in use of color or words or other details in the art, can drastically change the interpretation of the piece. You will see that any of this week’s pieces could stand alone but they are all intended to be displayed together. Each of these pieces have their similarities. This is intended to indicate that no matter what Rolling Stones’ song/album you might be listening to, they all have a very similar sound and feel. Each album/song has a different story to tell so sometimes with any medium of art there can be similar themes but there’s still so much to appreciate in all of it.



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