Stevie Nicks will display a gallery of polaroid self-portraits in New York next month. The show, titled "24 Karat Gold," will take place at the Morrison Gallery, which displays photography of and by musicians. The show shares it’s name with Nicks’ new album, which will come with a special edition book of the self-portraits.
Taken between 1975 and 1987, the photos document a period of self-discovery for the Fleetwood Mac singer. In a statement to the New York Times, Nicks explains the inspiration behind the photos:
“I wanted to learn how to become a photographer. And I don’t sleep at night, so I thought, who am I going to ask to stay up all night, and then do a show tomorrow? So I’m not going to get Christine [McVie, also of Fleetwood Mac]. She’s going to say, ‘Are you crazy? I’m going to the bar. Bye.’”
The photos were selected from Nicks’ old shoeboxes by Dave Stewart, the guitarist of the Eurythmics.
Nicks wasn’t just snapping her iPhone in a bathroom mirror: the exquisite Polaroids find Nicks exploring props, costumes, and different kinds of lighting: “I did everything...I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director — it was my joy. I was the model.”
With Kim Kardashian set to release Selfish, a 352 page book of selfies, it's safe to say we’re living in the age of celebrity selfies as #art.
The exhibition of Nicks' photos will take place at 201 Mulberry Street on Oct. 10 and 11, before opening at the Morrison Hotel Gallery at 116 Prince Street from Oct. 13 though the rest of October.