100 artists re-imagine their favourite classic album covers
Saturday, 13 December 2014 00:00
The Huffington Post: “Thirty Three & 1/3” is the name of George Harrison’s seventh studio album, released in 1976. The series “33 1/3” is a famous collection of books dedicated to individual albums, published by Bloomsbury Publishing beginning in 2003. And “33 and a Third and a Third” is an exhibition, out this week in Los Angeles, devoted to – not so surprisingly – well-known albums.
Gallery 1988 recruited 100 artists to re-imagine their favourite albums, from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to Hank Williams’ “I Saw the Light” to Radiohead’s “OK Computer.” In typical cartoon form, the illustrators give new life to cult favourites and pop successes. Curated by artist Dana Lechtenberg over the past two years, the show has a piece of music history for everyone. There’s Kraftwerk, Johnny Cash, the Ramones, Guns N’ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer and much more.
Lechtenberg has been a fan of G1988 for some time, but – based in Iowa – he’s not often able to attend the gallery’s shows. So he started his own. He held the first two shows in his home state, exhibiting works by 33 and 1/3 artists (the third being his eight-year-old daughter, Emmalene).