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Andy Warhol Designed Record Cover Art: 1955-1987: a collection of 40 works

1955-1987

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Andy Warhol Album Cover Art: a set of 40 works (1955-1987): A rare collection of 40 individual Andy Warhol illustrated record covers accompanied by their respective vinyl records. Most notably included here are 4 Andy Warhol Banana covers from the 1967 ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’, uniquely presented in four varying states (slightly to fully peeled). Other notable records include The Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’, famous for Warhol’s zipper cover design, and vibrant Warhol pop art imagery featuring: Debbie Harry, John Lennon, John Cale, Aretha Franklin, The Smiths, Thelonious Monk, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross and more. Each piece is featured prominently in 'Andy Warhol: The Record Covers, 1949-1987- Catalog Raisonne' by Andy Warhol scholar, Paul Marechal. Off-set lithograph on 40 individual record album covers (each record is included). 12 x 12 inches / 30.48 x 30.48 cm; (applies to each individual) with two pieces measuring 7x7 inches. Various recording artists, various labels. Covers: Ranging from good to very good overall vintage condition. Includes original records in good to excellent vintage condition. Please contact us for an itemized condition report and content list. Unsigned Makes for a large, vibrant, eye-catching Warhol wall display sure to standout in any setting. Literature/References: 'Andy Warhol: The Record Covers, 1949-1987 Paul Marechal. 'Art Record Covers': Taschen (Spampinato & Wiedemann). Warhol On Vinyl: The Record Covers, 1949-1987 – Cranbrook Art Museum (2015). Art & Vinyl Jeffrey Fraenkel (2018). Exhibitions: Warhol On Vinyl: The Record Covers, 1949-1987 Cranbrook Art Museum (Michigan) June 21, 2014 - March 21, 2015. Related Auction History: Phillips April 25th, 2016 (lot 82). Further Background: In the late 1950s, as the record industry began to expand at an extraordinary rate, Warhol was hired by both Columbia and RCA Records on a freelance basis to create album covers and promotional content and, from there, carried the skill throughout his career. When Warhol arrived in New York he met with his schoolmate George Klauber who was, at the time, working for a creative agency run by Will Burtin. Klauber did Warhol a favour and introduced him to Burtin and the opportunity to work with Columbia’s, and later RCA’s, art director Robert M. Jones. Robert M. Jones remembered it fondly and suggested that the commissions may have been his first: “I gave him three little spots to do for the corners of the standard albums. He needed money. I never kept any records but I know that these little spots must have been amongst the first things he did, certainly in the first three to six months he was here. I gave him three different ones to do, at $50 apiece. And two days later he came back with a stack of drawings like that to satisfy the three drawings we needed.” (source: Farout magazine) Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical reproduction, Pop Art king, Andy Warhol created some of the 20th century’s most iconic images. Warhol was widely influenced by popular & consumer culture, with this being evident in some of his most famous works: 32 Campbell's soup cans, Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe & Mick Jagger, for example. Rejecting the standard painting and sculpting modes of his era, Warhol embraced silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. The artist mentored Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat and continues to influence contemporary art around the world: His most bold successors include Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons. Warhol has been the subject of exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, and Centre Pompidou, among other institutions.
  • Creation Year:
    1955-1987
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 12 in (30.48 cm)Width: 12 in (30.48 cm)
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    Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987, American)
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  • Gallery Location:
    NEW YORK, NY
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU354313287652
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