Art & Music / Music & Art! S.M.A.K. on Spotify part I

The perfect soundtrack for your Easter weekend!

Visual artists love music and musicians sometimes love visual art. But which visual artists make music themselves and which musicians also make visual art? With this question S.M.A.K.-colleague Hidde van Schie ferreted out Spotify and made up a list of personal favourites: Art & Music / Music & Art! Read below to find out more.

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He started with the classics: Karel Appel experimented in the studio of Philips. Jean Dubuffet worked together with Asger Jorn and wrote that his recordings ‘had no beginning and no end’. Hidde also found a recording by Marcel Duchamps. Then follows a big leap in time and closer to home: he did not find a direct link with Alex van Warmerdam, who himself plays a nice bit of guitar, but in Hauser Orkater everything was mixed up, so with a bit of luck it is Alex himself on guitar here, and not his brother Vincent.  

dEUS with Rudy Trouvé and Stef Kamil Carlens cannot be left out either: ‘Great American Nude’ is the title of a painting by Tom Wesselmann. Which is a direct link to our Pop Art exhibition this autumn.

A more local representation is found in the form of artists Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (Club Moral), Peter Klashorst (Soviet Sex), John Cees Smit (Scram C Baby), Peter Fengler (Coolhaven) en Peter Jacquemyn (The Singing Painters). This last band was at some time co-founded by Michaël Borremans.

Then we jump to international names: Captain Beefheart, the alias of Don van Vliet, was also an abstract-expressionist, who in later life looked more like an artist than a musician. 

SQÜRL is the band of filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. Nam June Paik, Hermann Nitsch and Charlemagne Palestine are all somewhat more piano-orientated.

The recently deceased Genesis P-Orridge appears twice in the list, with Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, and band member Cosey Fanni Tutti also pops up several times in different guises. 

William S Burroughs not only had a big influence on COUM Transmissions, the group of artists which later turned into Throbbing Gristle, but also comes up in this list with a one-off collaboration with Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain.

Spotify clearly does not hold everything, so we have to make do with what is available. For that reason these examples are missing: Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw (Destroy All Monsters), Paul McCarthy (Los Angeles Free Music Society) and Raymond Pettibon (Panic/Black Flag). But with Extended Organ and Tom Recchion we do end up – at least a bit - in the same area. Bob Dylan surprised friends and enemies in 2013, with a first exhibition of his sculptures and therefore he closes the list with the classic ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece’. 

Keep an eye on S.M.A.K.’s Spotify, more to come. Another list with interesting concept albums is being worked on too.

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