New York fans of Ralph Steadman have a rare opportunity coming to them this April. Flying Dog Beer and Sony Pictures Classics will hold a limited edition exhibit of Steadman's paintings and photography at the Red Bull Academy of Music. The exhibit will coincide with the New York opening of Sony Pictures Classics' Steadman documentary "For No Good Reason." It will be Steadman's first exhibit in New York in 13 years.
The selected art will represent the stories from the documentary, which was directed by Charlie Paul. Selections include hand-printed photographs Steadman took during his first visit to NYC in 1974, as well as reprints of his Rolling Stone "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" illustrations (hand-colored by Steadman) and original Polaroid photographs manipulated for his "Paranoids" series. Other notable displays include Charlie Paul's time-lapse film of Steadman's art as he works on it (captured over a 15-year period) and a limited edition silk-screened print of Steadman's shoot with Hunter S. Thompson.
"For No Good Reason" takes a look at the life and art of Steadman, and features appearances from Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant and the late Hunter S. Thompson.
Steadman's art has featured on the labels of Flying Dog's beers since 1995, and reprints of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" has certainly introduced the a to new fans, but the prospect of seeing his work up close and personal is certainly exciting, especially considering how long it's been since it came to New York.
The exhibit will be open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on April 24th and 25th. On the 25th, the first 100 ticket holders to arrive with tickets will be given priority admission. For more info go here.