Kim Gordon’s New Book Is All About Art and Music

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Photo: DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art

Before Kim Gordon rose to fame with the alt-rock band Sonic Youth, she moved to New York to become a conceptual artist. She immersed herself in the city’s arts scene, working in a Soho gallery for the art dealer Larry Gagosian while befriending artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cindy Sherman (for a while, she crashed at Sherman’s apartment). Since then, her artwork has appeared in Tokyo, London, and New York City galleries, among others.

The book Kim Gordon: Noise Name Paintings and Sculptures of Rock Bands That Are Broken Up, out October 25, features a series of Gordon’s paintings that pay tribute to experimental bands and noise groups like Pussy Galore and the Stooges. “I approach music and visual art in different ways; I consider them utterly separate art forms,” Gordon has said. “This book brings them together.”

The collection includes photographs of Gordon’s performances, accompanying a previous exhibit organized by the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece. Click ahead to preview the book.

Listening to Stevie Nicks With Kim Gordon and Daryl K