Pop-Up Exhibition: The Art Of The Album

Dave Newbury
By Dave Newbury Last edited 81 months ago
Pop-Up Exhibition: The Art Of The Album


A pop-up exhibition celebrating iconic album artwork, including Paul Weller’s Stanley Road and Led Zepplin’s Physical Graffiti, is opening for three days in November at the A&D Gallery along with the chance to buy exclusive signed prints.

The Art Of The Album exhibition is curated by Hypergallery who, with support from Peter Gabriel, seek to honour the ‘precise, descriptive, evocative and intriguing’ nature of full-size LP artwork.

Gabriel, a recognised patron of album cover artists, has collaborated with Hypergallery to publish his entire collection of album cover artwork, including designs by Susan Derge and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Since the advent of CD and latterly downloads, LP artwork has become smaller and its impact lessened, despite the relevance of album images being acknowledged by The Sunday Times ranking The Beatles's Sgt Peppers artwork No 16 in their Millennium Masterworks survey. The exhibition seeks to rectify this.

Album artwork was recently brought to life when Pink Floyd flew a giant pig over Battersea Power Station, but seeing as though the entire cast of Sgt Pepper are unlikely to get together to re-enact the cover, the giant print at Hypergallery’s exhibition will have to do.

Large Prints of the album covers featured, signed by the musician and designer, will be available to purchase as limited numbered editions.

Hypergallery's The Art Of The Album pop up exhibition is open 23-25 November only, at A&D Gallery, 51 Chiltern Street, W1U 6LY. 10.30am-7pm. Free admission.

On an unrelated note there's a great blog of kittens re-enacting album covers. Yes really!

Last Updated 15 November 2011