Spin: The Art of Record Design
There’s still chance to visit “Spin: The Art of Record Design”, an exhibition exploring the relationship between art, design and music. Curated by Peter Saville, Dylan Jones and Farris Rotter (The Horrors), the exhibition features original album artwork, as well as art inspired by album covers and album covers re-interpreted as art.
Pieces include Julian Balme’s designs for Madness, The Clash and Adam and The Ants, chosen as defining images of the late seventies and early eighties, Kate Gibb’s original illustration for The Chemical Brothers' 1999 album “Surrender” (pictured above), and a host of other iconic covers, representing artists as diverse as Uriah Heep and Girls Aloud.
Peter Saville, who designed famous sleeves for the likes of Joy Division, New Order and Pulp, enthuses about the medium:
“Between the 50s and 80s, before style magazines, MTV and the internet, the record cover was the primary visual communication between young people around the world. The record cover forged a network of influence and inspiration. The record cover was it! It was the art of your generation. True pop art!”
Spin is showing until 3 October at London’s Arts Gallery, 65 Davies Street, London, W1K 5DA.
To find out more visit www.arts.ac.uk/events/spin.htm
(Main image courtesy of Kate Gibb, Inset image courtesy of Julian Balme)