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Interesting LP/CD cover art - examples & questions
« on: February 16, 2012, 08:11:18 AM »
The idea is that one can post examples, musings and questions concerning classical LP cover art here, secondarily also CD cover art.

I´m doing some work on this subject, which seems extremely under-researched.

Here´s an example of a cover from 1966, RCA Victor´s Irving Fine LP (LSC-2829) with orchestral works conducted by Leinsdorf.

It is obviously very influenced by previous American avant-garde art, a subject on which I am no specialist.

One immediately comes to think of Robert Rauschenberg´s collages, for instance, like this Kennedy one, circa 1963:

The cover collage is signed on the right-side upper orange-coloured vertical with a name "Oscar ((Lighenian ??))", partly unreadable.

It´s a far shot, but if someone knows about the exact name of this artist, I´d be very grateful for any information. It might be a separate painting not conceived for the LP issue, but I tend to doubt it ...

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Re: Interesting LP/CD cover art - examples & questions
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012, 11:39:46 PM »
Here's an enlargement, and modified image that might help.  Try a click on it to expand.
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Re: Interesting LP/CD cover art - examples & questions
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2012, 12:21:15 AM »
Thanks for your help  :)

There´s apparently a tiny chance that Rauschenberg was actually involved, he worked with some very commercial projects using pseudonyms. But it seems unlikely that this wouldn´t have been mentioned on any web-source yet - and after all he is a major player on the art scene which should be reasonably mapped by now. I´ll consult some specialist Rauschenberg literature today or tomorrow, as well as various other possibilities; but probably the cover is by a Rauschenberg epigone.

Any examples of other RCA Victor covers with a similar design would of course also be welcome; I don´t have any myself.

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Re: Interesting LP/CD cover art - examples & questions
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2012, 01:26:01 AM »
A design museum here in Copenhagen is having an exhibition of record covers this autumn, cf.

They will be exhibiting about 320 record covers, mainly focusing on rock, pop and jazz, but also classical. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book release, but no exhibition catalogue. I had a meeting with them yesterday, and they´ll be considering about 30 of "mine" for the exhibition. The selection is mainly based on immediate visual impact rather than in-depth analysis. I´ll not be among the writers, tasks have been distributed already, but I have been exploring the field during the last month & might try to do some (slow-process) free-lance writing on the subject.

They also borrowed the above-mentioned Irving Fine LP, but so far we haven´t been able to identify the artist. Among the other covers were

When visiting there, I discovered this highly interesting book (it must be one of the very, very few on the subject):

Horst Scherg:"Classique - Cover Art for Classical Music" (2008) Prices seem to meander around 50-60 Euros here, so it´s not a cheap deal. But it already seems difficult to get.

« Last Edit: March 01, 2012, 02:40:21 PM by DieNacht »