• Record sleeves designed by iconic artists explored in new exhibition

    By | January 8, 2018

    Featuring Picasso, Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, Warhol and more.

    A new exhibition looking at artwork created for vinyl over the past 70 years has opened in San Francisco.

    Read next: Our favourite record sleeves of 2017

    Art & Vinyl includes over 100 album covers and records, with artwork by Picasso, Basquiat, Cindy Sherman and Warhol. An accompanying book of the same name exploring over 200 LPs and records has also been released.

    Last year Taschen published a 400-page survey of artist-designed record sleeves, 10 of which were featured on VF in the artists you didn’t know designed record sleeves.

    Art & Vinyl exhibition runs from the 4th January through 8th March 2018 at Fraenkel Gallery; head here for more info.

  • Jewish Museum charts the art of vinyl in interactive exhibition

    By | June 8, 2016

    A journey through the records that changed lives and the technology that made it happen.

    Opening at London’s Jewish Museum next month, Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl will celebrate the birth of the recording industry and the art of the vinyl.

    The interactive exhibition takes the invention of the phonograph record and the gramophone by Emil Berliner – a German-Jewish emigrant to the USA – as its starting point. From there, the show traces the 20th Century through vinyl, celebrating the role played by Jewish inventors and musicians in recorded music.


    Exhibition photos: Jewish Museum Hohenems/Dietmar Walser

    From synagogue music in the middle-class home to Yiddish theatre songs on Broadway to punk rebels, a key audio display features forty with musicians, artists and music fans recounting the Jewish record that changed their life. The exhibition also celebrates cover art with a display of 500 sleeves by Amy Winehouse, the Ramones, Bob Dylan, Barbara Streisand and more.

    Jukebox, Jewkbox! celebrates the role Jews have played in the history of recorded music, both from an artistic standpoint and as industry influencers,” says Curator Joanne Rosenthal. “Visitors are invited to take a personal journey, exploring the soundtracks and stories of one hundred years of shellac and vinyl. Camden Town, with its rich and colourful musical heritage, is an ideal setting to tell this story.”

    Jukebox, Jewkbox! runs from 14 July – 16 October 2016 at the Jewish Museum London. Plan your visit here.

    Record sleeve photos: Jewish Museum Hohenems/Robert Fessler

  • Antwerp art museum to host rave exhibition Energy Flash

    By | June 2, 2016

    Originally published on FACT

    Antwerp’s Museum Of Modern Art will host an exhibition on rave culture this summer.

    Organised in collaboration with local club Ampere, Energy Flash at M HKA bills itself as “the first museum exhibition for considering rave, as well as the social, political, economic and technological conditions that led to the advent of rave as an alternative movement across Europe.”

    Running from June 17 to September 25, the show – which is named after Joey Beltram’s 1990 rave classic for Belgian label R&S – will include works by visual artists alongside design, music, fashion, archival footage, literature and criminal legislature.

    “Energy Flash will look at rave as a highly politicised phenomenon,” the curators add. “As a movement, it enacted a desire to be autonomous, with a belief in tolerance and experimental living, all built around the latent energy of electronic music. As a music-based culture, it embraced self-practice, invention and unbridled creativity, arguably leading to the densest period in history for the diversification of music.”

    As RA reports, three clubnights will take place in conjunction with the exhibition, kicking off on June 16 with Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür and R&S boss Renaat Vandepapeliere. K’Alexi Shelby and Paul Du Lac will play on June 17, and Âme’s Kristian Beyer has a set on June 18.

    Photo: Gert van Rooij

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