September 25 [12:00 EDT] -- If you happen to be in New York City in the near future, you might want to check out two new exhibits downtown that have turned punk rock into art.
One show, called "Peace Is Tough," features the work of England¹s Jamie Reid, who has provided cover and poster art for artists from the Sex Pistols to Atari Teenage Riot. Reid, who created the now famous image of Queen Elizabeth with a safety pin through her lip (considered by some to be the punk rock Mona Lisa), will be displaying his work at New York¹s Artificial Gallery through October 18.
There, Reid's imagery is on display, and on sale for $500 a print. More than 20 years after the heyday of punk, Reid¹s work still surges with energy and attitude.
Meanwhile, a mere two blocks away, "The Ascent Of Western Civilization" stands as a sprawling visual history of U.S. indie rock from 1976 to 1991. The exhibit pulls out videos, posters, and vintage photos of R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Nirvana,
and Henry Rollins in his Black Flag days among others. Curated by Michael Azerrad, a former MTV News writer and author of the Nirvana bio "Come As You Are," the show will be on display at the Thread Waxing Space through November 1.