German publisher Taschen are gearing up to release a brilliant book celebrating a 60 year relationship between art and music in the form of album covers. And with the vinyl renaissance currently sitting at its apex, there has never been a moment more fitting.
Art Record Covers is a new book that thoroughly explores the relationship between art and music-making through a celebration of the glorious album cover.
The book, titled Art Record Covers, showcases an alphabetised collection of artists’ record covers from the 1950s to today. It is a celebration of the inextricable link between art and music-making which manifests itself in the form of album covers.
The tome features 500 record covers by visual artists ranging from Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, to Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol.
Created by art historian and writer Francesco Spampinato, the book investigates how modernism, pop art, conceptual art, postmodernism and contemporary art have impacted album covers through a combination of imagery and explorative musings.
From the blurb:
“Since the dawn of modernism, visual and music production have had a particularly intimate relationship. From Luigi Russolo’s 1913 Futurist manifesto L’Arte dei Rumori (The Art of Noise) to Marcel Duchamp’s 1925 double-sided discs Rotoreliefs, the 20th century saw ever more fertile exchange between sounds and shapes, marks and melodies, and different fields of composition and performance.”
Art Record Covers is to be released in February 2017 by Taschen. Have a look at some of the covers it explores below. See more info here.
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