Original artwork for the Rolling Stones ‘Tongue and Lips Design’ logo by John Pasche

This iconic artwork for the Rolling Stones’ logo provides a key link between pop art, design, popular music, performance and British culture at the end of the 1960s – arguably the most innovative decade in UK for graphic design and pop music.

Details

Medium:
Gouache on paper
Dimensions:
56 x 81 cm
Art Fund grant:
£31,500 ( Total: £62,476)
Acquired in:
2008
Vendor:
Mastro Live Auctions

Its pop art-derived simplicity combined with its overt anti-authoritarianism has meant that it has been copied, reworked and parodied in countless ways. The use of sensuous Jagger-like lips and the anti-authoritarian tongue matched the identity of the Rolling Stones perfectly. However, the origin of the design was a picture of the Indian Goddess Kali. This work greatly enhances the rock and pop section of the V&A’s Performance Collection.

Provenance

The artist.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk

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