Jackson Hole’s own John Byrne Cooke knows this blog has a certain “tone.” Upon learning of writer/filmmaker/musician Cooke’s publication of his Janis Joplin memoir I asked if I could post the great news. His answer was “yes,” on condition that he do the writing.
Take it away, John!
“Longtime Jackson resident and musician (the Stagecoach Band, the Hoot) John Byrne Cooke was Janis Joplin’s road manager from December 1967 — six months after Joplin gained overnight stardom for her appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival — until her death in October 1970. In the 1990s, John wrote two different versions of the story of his time with Joplin, but he didn’t find the right form for the story until he returned to it two years ago. Recently, John’s agent sold the memoir to Berkley Books. John expects that it will be published sometime in 2014.
John will also be consulting on a documentary film about Joplin that her estate is co-producing. John showed his own films about Joplin at the Center for the Arts in 2011, as a benefit for the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. He hopes he will be able to show them again in Jackson when his book comes out.”
JBC, congratulations! A worthy, rich story composed by one of Jackson’s most recognized writers. www.johnbyrnecooke.com
At Heather James Fine Art, in Jackson Hole, a major reinstallation has taken place. Gallery space is newly configured and filled with natural light, and eminent artists like Damien Hirst, Alexander Calder, Warhol, Fernando Botero, Thiebaud, Fonseca, Monet and sculptures–as well as prints—by Salvador Dali are on view. Heather James always provides surprises, and I was gratified to have the recent chance to take a gallery tour.
Several of Hirst’s famous Spot painting series are there; they’ve been in the news quite a bit. According to the New York Times, up until now the exact number of Spot (or “Dot,” as many people refer to them) paintings in existence has been unknown, but this fall a catalogue raisonné is to be released that determines Hirst’s Spot paintings number 1,365.
Of the Spot paintings — that seem impossible to balance with respect to color— Hirst has said, “To create that structure, to do those colours, and do nothing. I suddenly got what I wanted. It was just a way of pinning down the joy of colour.” Beside the Spots, Heather James is showcasing colorful Hirst paintings—spinning colors—that, if you look closely, reveal one of Hirsts’ signature images.
But my favorite Hirsts are a pair of butterfly wing panels; when I viewed them the two works were arranged with cast resin sculptures of horses and hares by Mary Anne Turley-Emett. Emett’s sculptures are transluscent, each a different color, and grouped together are works are true eye candy. Perusing the gallery I returned several times to these works.
You will stroll past Hockneys, Korean ceramic sculptures, and in the “Impressionist Room” two unusually hued Monet paintings—one a study of towering sea cliffs and surf in painted in deep blues, the other a version of his fisherman’s cottage on a cliff; the latter is washed over in a soft pink hue. Don’t miss the water lilies fragment!
A wall of Calders, a massive, explosively colored abstract Robert Natkin painting, canvases by Carlos Luna and “the closest thing to a realistic painting of a tipi you’ll ever see at Heather James,” a terrific piece by Robert Neuman, are amongst my faves. There are almost too many mind-blowing works at Heather James to mention— so visit! This summer, the gallery is alight with delectible art. www.heatherjames.com