Warhol on Vinyl at the Canbrook Museum of Art

Warhol on Vinyl at the Canbrook Museum of Art

The Canbrook Art Museum in Detroit is hosting an exhibition starting next week entitled Warhol on Vinyl: The Record Covers, 1949-1987+ which will feature almost 100 different album covers. The exhibition is comprised of works from its’ own collection, part of a recent gift by Frank M. Edwards and Ann M. Williams. Five of the album covers featured, are from the 1950s and have not been exhibited before now.
While Andy Warhol is one of the most recognizable artists in the world, some people may not know that some of their favorite album covers from 1949- the late 1980s were designed by him. Artists such as The Rolling Stones, John Lenon, The Velvet Underground, Liza Minnelli, Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross had covers created by Warhol. Some of the artwork found in the album covers can also be found in his prints such as the Giant Size $1.57. The crossover between popular culture and fine art was very important to Warhol.
Album covers went along with Warhol’s main esthetics about art. He began with the covers because he wanted to popularize his name as an artist, Warhol believed that “repetition adds up to reputation” and this was something that could be achieved with album covers. Warhol continued to produce them even after he found success because he saw that he could directly impact popular culture.
The exhibition will also include booths to listen to music, prints, video and other Warhol art from the museums collection. Warhol utilized the relationship between his mass-produced graphic designs, like those found on the album covers, and the fine artworks that brought him his notoriety. This interaction will be represented in this exhibition by featuring both sides of Warhol’s work.
The exhibition will be open to the public from June 21, 2014 through March 15, 2015. Please see the Canbrook Art Museum website for more information.

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