Monday, April 27, 2009

He'll Be Your Mirror

Most music fans know Andy Warhol designed the covers for the classic "Velvet Underground and Nico" and Rolling Stones "Sticky Fingers" albums. But as great article in The Sunday Times reports: who knew that Warhol, the pioneer of Pop Art, drew more than 50 album covers over the span of his career -- and not just for rock, but for classical music, opera and jazz?

These works are the subject of a lavishly illustrated, fastidiously documented book, “Andy Warhol: The Record Covers, 1949-1987,” published jointly by Prestel and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The author, Paul Marechal, is curator of the art collection at the Power Corp. of Canada, which consists mainly of French decorative art of the 18th and 19th centuries.

A show about the covers as well as the role of music in all of Warhol's work, “Warhol Live,” is on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and will open at the Warhol Museum in June, which I may just have to check out. (Who's up for a road trip to Pittsburgh???)

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