Exhibitions of record cover art are hot nowadays, and deservedly so. There are three shows I want to highlight in this post. (And one day I hope I can write about a show of my own Warhol cover collection).
First one is called The Shape of Sound, 20 designers, 100 record covers at Non-Breaking Space in Seattle, WA. No Andy Warhol here, but a beautiful “survey of 100 geometric abstract record sleeves by 20 mid-century designers” like Erik Nitsche, A.F. Arnold, Alvin Lustig, S. Neil Fujita, Josef Albers, Saul Bass or George Giusti, to name a few. All covers are from the huge collection of graphic designer and researcher Scott Lindberg, who is curator of this exhibition. Runs until July 18th.
Until September 8th you can go to the exhibition Warhol 1968 at the Moderna Museet in Malmö, Sweden. This show was created a year ago in Stockholm, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1968 Warhol exhibition at the Moderna Museet. Still famous for the gorgeous catalogue it has produced, and for the fake Brillo box scandals.
What makes this Malmö edition even more interesting than Stockholm last year, is the fact that now fellow collector Richard Forrest’s complete Warhol cover collection is on view.
And last but not least is the forthcoming exhibition For the Record: Artists on Vinyl at The Cranbrook Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It will run from July 13th, until next year April 19th. After the huge success of Warhol On Vinyl at the Cranbrook five years ago, collector Frank M. Edwards now offers a glimpse of his huge collection of records with cover designs by world famous artists: Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Salvador Dalí, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Yoko Ono, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, among many others. But not just covers, also records on which visual artists use audio recording as a medium of expression. Highly recommended!