Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sleeve Art at the Motherwell Heritage Centre

Summary of Sleeve Art exhibit

I checked out the Sleeve Art exhibition at the Motherwell Heritage Centre... and I was inspired & disappointed in almost equal measure. Here's the context of the exhibit:

Details of exhibition

I was encouraged by the albums I already acknowledge as beautiful pieces of art...
  • The Beatles' "Revolver"
  • Love's "Forever Changes"
  • King Crimson's "In the court of the Crimson King"
  • Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti"
  • OMD's "Architecture & Morality"
and inspired to see covers that I hadn't seen before or not acknowledged as art...
  • John Coltrane's "Coltrane plays the blues"
  • The Drifters' "I'll take you where the music's playing"
  • Bob Dylan's "Bringing it all back home"
  • Vanilla Fudge
  • John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band's "Live peace in Toronto 1969"
  • Dada
  • Derek & the Dominos' "Layla"
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "Pictures at an exhibition"
  • Kraftwerk
  • Bette Midler
  • Junior Melvin's "Police & Thieves"
  • Talking Heads' "More songs about buildings and food"
  • Art of noise's "In no sense? nonsense!"
  • Joy Division's "Closer"
I was, however, disappointed not to see more from Factory Records... albeit... Peter Saville was represented twice with OMD & Joy Division. There was none of Ben Drury's work for Mo' Wax or even Roger Dean's work for Yes. I would have thought some Designers Republic work (say for Warp Records) would have been included too. Its as if the curator has stopped in the eighties... as if music now isn't good enough.

Whilst this exhibition opened me up to new ideas... it also disappointed me because my classics weren't represented.

All in... it was an interesting exhibit and one that I do appreciate could expand exponentially.

Please check out my pics on flickr.

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