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The Diana Ross 1982 record album Silk Electric from our collection, features a nice Andy Warhol cover (front cover above right side) and inside covers below.
I found this superb photo (courtesy Art Daily.org, Copyright © artdaily.org ) of a young woman looking at the Andy Warhol covers on display in an exhibition held at the Grassi Museum of Applied Art in Leipzig Germany recently.The Diana Ross album cover has four different images looking somewhat similar. The unusual fact about the record itself, is instead of side A and side B of the record, they are called Face A and Face B as both sides have an image of Diana Ross printed on them. The last song on Face A is called “Turn Me Over” a hint to the listener to turn here face over to view and hear the other side. No this is not possible with the CD!!!
Warhol did some 50+ covers during his lifetime and there is a copy of a catalog raisonne available for sale on the internet for those who love the collecting hunt with documentation in hand. The Grassi Museum in Leipzig has an interesting history. It was founded by the Grandson of an Italian immigrant, Franz Dominic Grassi whose family originated from Lucca, Italy.
Below is information on Warhol from the museum website that also has a fine blog in English:
LEIPZIG.- Andy Warhol (1928–1987), one of the most popular representatives of Pop Art, had just completed his study of Applied Art when he came to New York in 1949 and designed his first Album Cover for Columbia Records. This grew into a life-long working cooperation. In the designing of Album Covers, the young, yet unknown quantity Warhol saw an ideal opportunity of establishing his style of Art and name. He then began approaching Record Labels to offer his artistic services. The Cover “A Program of Mexican Music” was one of his earliest professional works. Until his death in 1987, Warhol designed about 50 more Album Covers often with rich complementary materials, from which the Covers for The Rolling Stones and The Velvet Underground attained cult status, doing this often in close cooperation with musicians. Known previously only on the margins of the art world, artist designs for the Record industry much like other “applied” works, increasingly found their way into museums and galleries.
Due to its first-rate collections, the Grassi Museum ranks as one of the foremost museums of applied art around the world.
Today, the collections of European and non-European arts and crafts comprise more than 90,000 objects from antiquity to the present day.
The holdings of the museum cover items from the classical fields of collection, such as ceramics, porcelain, glass, textiles, gold and silverware, decorative and utilitarian pewter, common metals, wrought iron, wood and stone sculptures, particularly late Gothic wood carvings, furniture and wooden implements, coins, medals and badges.
The museum’s textile collection is particularly rich and boasts a wide spectrum ranging from early Coptic textiles to Bauhaus and present-day fabrics. Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Functionalism are focal points in nearly all fields and lend the collection its unique profile. Other major areas of the collection are 20th century arts and crafts and design.
In addition, the library houses extensive special collections, such as the collection of graphic sheets with ornamental engravings and illustrations of past styles as well as historic book and photography collections, the latter containing a remarkable collection of early photographs and focusing on Bauhaus photography.
Large parts of the collection were bestowed or donated to the museum by Leipzig citizens and other donors. Although the museum’s acquisitions budget was discontinued as from 1999, the long-term commitment of public and private sponsors has enabled the museum to augment its collections with an unusually high number of extremely desirable objects of exceptional quality.