Two days after the members opening, Cranbrook had a family day sponsored by PNC Bank. There was a 6 arm t-shirt press and Michigan premier Velvet Underground ukulele band, Thumbs Up!
Here are some pictures from the members only opening of the exhibition. Intermixed with these are screen captures from the videos that play in loops. They include Velvet Underground footage, the Ultra Violet cover shoot film, and the videos for The Cars and Curiosity Killed the Cat.
There are also close ups of the one of a kind Night Beat cover, generously lent by Paul Maréchal and the Melodic Magic and Giant Size $1.57 cover, generously lent by Guy Minnebach.
This was one of the coolest things about the promotion for the exhibition. Cranbrook Art Museum had never utilized a billboard before. For those who might be familiar with Detroit, these billboards were displayed on I-75 and I-94 throughout June and July.
Here are some photos snapped as the exhibition was still being installed.
Just to show that there will probably never be a definitive list of covers using Warhol’s work, along comes a brand new record with authorized Warhol images, and even a photo of him taking the iconic portrait photo of Debbie Harry.
I have posted the reissue before, but here is the original, just in time to be added to the Warhol on Vinyl show at Cranbrook.
This one is a bit controversial, but I’m including it in the blog (and in the Warhol on Vinyl show at Cranbrook). Paul Maréchal is not convinced this is a genuine Warhol cover, and I don’t believe he will add it to the revised catalog. But, noted expert Guy Minnebach and I both believe it to be Warhol’s work.
For me, it is a case of weighing which is the more likely scenario. Since everyone agrees that the Gershwin record is Warhol’s work, and now Maréchal agrees that the Tchaikovsky cover is real, is it possible that in the middle of two RCA Bluebird commissions with label numbers right in the same range (LBC-1045 and LBC-1061) that RCA Victor hired another illustrator using the blotted line technique instead of Warhol for LBC-1059? I believe in Occam’s Razor, which stated basically that the simplest explanation was usually the correct one.
Anyway, here is the Porgy and Bess cover. Please feel free to leave
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