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Heads Up: “Mati & the Music: 52 Record Covers 1955-2005”

Coming in late October 2012 (according to Amazon):

Here’s the publisher’s description:

The 1960s and 1970s offered many options for mind expansion: psychedelic drugs, Eastern meditation, sex — and the art of Mati Klarwein. Klarwein (1932-2002) was a major presence in the New York art scene, admired by everyone from Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí to Jimi Hendrix and Jackie Onassis (who commissioned him to paint a portrait of John F. Kennedy). His pop-surrealist universe of pantheistic religious harmony, sexual fertility and gender and racial unity gave visual expression to an era and to a generation of music, and was embraced by some of the most progressive musicians of his time. Mati & the Music presents Klarwein’s 52 paintings that appeared on album covers, a body of work that began in the mid-1950s and continued for half a century. The majority of the album covers Klarwein painted were commissioned by the musicians themselves, most famously by Miles Davis for his breakthrough fusion albums Bitches Brew and Live Evil and Carlos Santana for Abraxas. Others included Earth Wind & Fire, Buddy Miles and Gregg Allman. Major record labels also employed Klarwein, including Blue Note for Jackie McLean and Reuben Wilson, and Douglas Records for the Last Poets, Howard Wales and Jerry Garcia. With the trim size of an LP album, Mati & The Music will appeal to lovers of music, graphic design and psychedelic art.

And here’s a bit about Mati Klarwein:

Klarwein was born in Germany in 1932 and moved to Paris in 1948 where he studied with the painter Fernand Leger. He was introduced to the art of Dali and Bunuel by Ernst Fuchs, who also taught him the mixed technique of Van Eyck and the Flemish School During his New York years, from 1965 onwards, Klarwein’s work was considered to be inspired by Surrealism and the Psychedelic movement of the time. In the late 1970s Klarwein moved to Majorca, where he lived until he passed away in 2002. The artist completed many painting including famous commissioned portraits of politicians such as JFK, artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Leonard Bernstein, actors such as Brigitte Bardot and writers such as Robert Graves. He was also famous for his landscapes, [for] his still lifeworks, and for the many record covers he painted

The Fuchs influence is strong in this one. And that’s a good thing.


Mati Klarwein Art > Album Covers – includes a large scan of Klarwein’s Annunciation (1961), made famous as the wraparound cover of Santana’s landmark Abraxis album.

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