- “Celebrates the records and artworks we’ve loved and re-loved over the decades.”
“A comprehensive look at some of the most memorable artworks in music history.”
- “Art Record Covers is like the physical, 450-page incarnation of whiling away an afternoon browsing sticky shelves of album sleeves: occasionally letting a record reveal itself thanks to a pop of colour, or a weird design quirk, all the while coming into direct contact with some of pop culture’s greatest artists.”
Art Record CoversHardcover, 11.5 x 11.5 in., 8.47 lb, 448 pages70Edition: English, French, German Availability: In Stock
Art Record Covers70
An unprecedented collection of artists’ record covers from the 1950s to today
In Francesco Spampinato’s unique anthology of artists’ record covers, we discover the rhythm of this particular cultural history. The book presents 500 covers and records by visual artists from the 1950s through to today, exploring how modernism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art, postmodernism, and various forms of contemporary art practice have all informed this collateral field of visual production and supported the mass distribution of music with defining imagery that swiftly and suggestively evokes an aural encounter.
Along the way, we find Jean-Michel Basquiat’s urban hieroglyphs for his own Tartown record label, Banksy’s stenciled graffiti for Blur, Damien Hirst’s symbolic skull for the Hours, and a skewered Salvador Dalí butterfly on Jackie Gleason’s Lonesome Echo. There are insightful analyses and fact sheets alongside the covers listing the artist, performer, album name, label, year of release, and information on the original artwork. Interviews with Tauba Auerbach, Shepard Fairey, Kim Gordon, Christian Marclay, Albert Oehlen, and Raymond Pettibon add personal accounts on the collaborative relationship between artists and musicians.
Francesco Spampinato is a writer and historian of contemporary art and visual culture. He holds degrees from the University of Bologna and Columbia University, and a PhD from Sorbonne Nouvelle University. From 2011 to 2015, he was an adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, and since 2019 he has been a senior assistant professor at the University of Bologna. Author of several books and regular contributor to magazines and academic journals, he focuses on how contemporary artists interact with the media and everyday life in his own academic research.
Julius Wiedemann studied graphic design and marketing and was an art editor for newspapers and design magazines in Tokyo before joining TASCHEN in 2001. His titles include the Illustration Now! and Record Covers series, as well as the infographics collection and books about advertising and visual culture.
Art Record CoversHardcover, 29.3 x 29.3 cm, 3.84 kg, 448 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-4029-2Edition: English, French, German