Kunian/Rhys – New Orleans Music Observed: The Art of Noel Rockmore and Emilie Rhys (Book)


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Release Date:  2021

Publisher:  Emilie Rhys

ISBN:  978-1-7374138-6-8

Softcover,  282 pages

New Orleans Music Observed: The Art of Noel Rockmore and Emilie Rhys:  Noel Rockmore, well-known in New Orleans for his mid-1960s oil portraits of Preservation Hall musicians, and his daughter Emilie Rhys, whose artwork of contemporary musicians all around town has gained her recent public notice, are brought together in this profusely illustrated book, which includes a full visual record of the exhibition of the same name, curated by David Kunian, on display at the New Orleans Jazz Museum till November 7, 2021. Through exclusive new material, the book also expands upon the show and offers a dynamic examination of how Rockmore, Rhys, and their subjects view both the art and artistic process.


Paramount among these is the debut of author/journalist John Ed Bradley’s “Picture in a Picture: Noel Rockmore and Emilie Rhys in New Orleans,” which reveals the riveting intertwined narrative of father and daughter, seen through the lens of their lives in art. Important too are exclusive interviews with 14 New Orleans musicians by journalist and NPR host Gwen Thompkins that explore the creative process and issues that arise when visual and musical arts intersect.

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