New Taschen book collects the best artist-designed record sleeves



From Andy Warhol and Keith Haring to Basquiat and Banksy.

Taschen will publish a new book Art Record Covers, collecting over 500 sleeves made by the world’s most influential visual artists.

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Exploring the creative cross-over between the art world and the music industry through some of the most iconic sleeves in history, the book will look at the impact of movements like modernism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art, postmodernism and more peripheral scenes on the visual identity of the music.

Spanning photography, print, painting and digital media, the book revisits a number of classic sleeves like Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground sleeve, Robert Mapplethorpe’s portrait of Patti Smith on Horses and Gerhard Richter’s Kerze on Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation.

However, careful not to re-tread familiar ground, space is also made for contemporary work from the likes of Jeff Koons for Lady Gaga, David Shrigley’s Deerhoof and Metahaven’s cover for Holly Herndon’s Platform, voted our favourite record of 2015.

Compiled by writer and art historian Francesco Spampinato, Art Record Covers will be published by Taschen in March. You can pre-order your copy here.