Greatest Album Covers That Never Were
you can't always judge a book by looking at its cover,
but you can often judge an album by its cover. The cover
art of a record or CD has always been an integral part
of portraying the image and the essence of the recording
artist. Documented by many books, record cover art has
become an art form in itself, above and beyond the music
inside the jacket. Many renowned artists have shown
their love for this medium by creating covers for their
by music archivist Michael Ochs and graphic designer
Craig Butler, this project takes album cover art to
a whole new level. One hundred established graphic and
fine artists were approached to create the definitive
album cover of their favorite recording artist. Each
chose an iconic musical subject from the 1940s to the
present and from the genres of rock, blues, jazz, country
and soul music. The result is an original and highly
creative collection of contemporary art.
selection of approximately 50 works comprise an exhibition
that will open in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame and Museum in May 2003 and then travel to U.S.
museums through 2004. In addition, a richly illustrated
catalogue with 100 full-color reproductions of the entire
collection will be produced.
exhibition contains approximately 50 original works
of art created by contemporary graphic and fine artists.
range from 12" x 12" to 4' x 4' (Exact running
feet to be determined)
at each venue beginning Fall 2003
(plus shipping and insurance)
richly illustrated catalog with 100 full-color reproductions
of the entire collection will be available.