ACA Galleries

Eye To Eye With Graham Nash In New York

If you were not lucky enough to catch Graham Nash’s recent photography and art show (simply titled “The Art Of Graham Nash” at NYC’s ACA Galleries, his people tell us that more shows (and art signings/receptions) will be coming up. We were lucky enough to go to the reception for Nash’s show and have to say it’s the most interesting art and photography show we’ve even caught by a veteran rock star. Even Susan Sarandon turned up for the opening and seemed blown away by whats she saw. 

We were lucky enough to chat with Nash at his reception, although it was more about the unpredictable New York weather and his huge winning streak on Rock And Roll Jeopardy back in the day than about his art. (He admitted about Rock And Roll Jeopardy with a smile on his face: “I couldn’t stop winning!” Indeed, he wound up raising tens of thousands of dollars for his favorite charities on that much-missed VH1 show where his only rival in rock and roll knowledge was Mark McGrath.)

Nash with legendary New York publicist Liz Derringer (left) and friend at the ACA Galleries reception in his honor.
The photography features not only celebs (there are a lot of shots of best friend David Crosby but none of Stephen Stills, in case you’re curious) but moving, very gritty black and white multi-media collages on historical subject matters like Civil Rights in the South circa the 50s and 60s and the Viet Nam War. There are also a few acrylic pop art pieces that are plays on vintage advertising as well.

Nash with themacwire.com’s good friend, freelance journalist Gail Worley (be sure to visit worleygig.com).
Our favorite items presently touring the art galleries are Nash’s self-portrait “mirror pics” (that’s what we call them anyway). Apparently, the singer-songwriter started this series of photos way back in 1969 because the earliest photo in the recent collection was taken in a round mirror in a hotel room way back in CS&N’s early days of touring. Skip to the five current mirror pics that were on display at the ACA Galleries in October–and you will see that Nash used the same portable round mirror to obtain similar results although he used different restrooms in the 2011 and 2012 pics!
One of Nash’s fabulous self-portraits.
There are some deeply personal photos here including a nude one taken of his wife Susan when she was pregnant back in 1979 and the night in 1997 that CS&N was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at NYC’s Waldorf Astoria. Some of Nash’s deepest roots are traced in photos of his return visits to Manchester UK where he grew up, and there are also some pastel portraits of some of his favorite musicians including one of Al Kooper (where he oddly looks like Keith Richards thanks to the beard stubble and stoned expression). There are a couple of nice watercolor self-portraits thrown into the mix.
One of the famous “mirror shots” by Nash, circa 2011.
We here at the MAC WIRE look forward to Nash’s next exhibit in New York (we’re hoping it will be in the new year) and in the meantime, we’ll be looking at his official website (www.grahamnash.com) for updates on both his art and music, as well as checking out Eye To Eye, the coffee table book he co-authored with Garrett White, that features a lot of the pieces just discussed. The book can be ordered from amazon. com as well as Nash’s website. We’re also looking forward to Nash’s autobiography currently being penned with noted Beatles biographer Mark Spitz.–Anne M. Raso
A pastel drawing of David Crosby in younger days.
(All photos by Anne Raso except publicity shot at top courtesy Michael Jensen Communications.)