"Warhol On Vinyl: The Record Covers, 1949-1987+," which opens to the public on Saturday and runs through
They range from the recognizable to the rare.
There's The Velvet Underground's 1967 debut album, "The Velvet Underground & Nico," which features a Warhol drawing of a banana on a plain white background; as well as 1971's "Sticky Fingers," a Rolling Stones record that includes not only hits such as "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses" but a provocative cover of a man in jeans with a zoomed-in shot of the zipper.
Fun facts: The banana on the
"What (Warhol) really saw for the potential of the record cover was for it to be collected by the masses," says the exhibition's curator,
The exhibition came about after a Cranbrook board member,
A handful of the albums, which sit under glass and are handled only by museum officials wearing protective gloves, have never been displayed publicly.
They include "Melodic Magic:
Also on display are the cover of a 1955 Count Basie album, which features Warhol's first celebrity portrait, and the "Giant Size
Fresh out of
That cover, which features Warhol's "blotted-line" technique, is part of the display at Cranbrook.
Warhol liked the experience so much that he "went to record stores and started to flip through the racks and when he liked what one certain company was doing, he cold-called them and said, 'My name is
And he never stopped making them up until his death in 1987.
"This is also a story about him loving music," Mott said. "These record covers are the only medium he worked in throughout his entire career."
To that end, an area of the exhibition space has been set aside as a "listening room," where visitors can play 20 of the vinyl albums on three record players.
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