Lou Reed (1942 - 2013)
Once the vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter for the rock group The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed has been an influential figure in the music industry both as a solo artist and a collaborator. Reed has made over his image many times, mutating from theatrical glam rocker to scary-looking junkie to avant-garde noiseman to straight rock & roller. One of Reed’s greatest impacts on the music industry was his dedication to expand the vocabulary of rock & roll lyrics into the previously forbidden territory of kinky sex, drug use, decadence, homosexuality, and depression.
Reed remains commited to using rock & roll as a forum for literary, mature expression well into middle age, without growing lyrically soft or musically complacent. In 2003, Reed expanded his artistic expression into photography, which he pursues with uncompromising honesty and a high degree of realism.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Lou Reed: Romanticism – Steven Kasher Gallery, New York City
Lou Reed’s New York – Serieuze Zaken Studios, Amsterdam
Lou Reed New York – Steven Kasher Gallery, New York City
The Raven published by Fantagraphics (2011)
Romanticism published by Steidl (2009)
Lou Reed’s New York published by Steidl (2008)
Emotions in Action published by Steidl (2003)
Pass Through Fire published by Hyperion Books (2000)