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HIPGNOSIS PORTRAITS. Aubrey Powell. Thames and Hudson Inc., New York, 2014. 288 pp. with 191 ills. (106 col.) and 175 reference ills. (58 col.). 32 x 26 cm. LC 2014-932803 ISBN 9780500517635 In English.
Publisher's description: Hipgnosis created some of the most innovative and surreal cover art of the 1960s, 70s, and early 80s for the biggest names of the era Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Wings, Yes, Genesis, 10cc, Peter Gabriel, Bad Company, Syd Barrett, and Black Sabbath, to name just a few. The sublime prism cover for Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon continues to be one of the most pervasive images in all popular culture. Hipgnosis's highly conceptual approach and graphic appeal earned them five Grammy nominations for cover design, and they profoundly influenced not only the history of music, but also all other creative fields from advertising to fashion. Hipgnosis Portraits explores an endless stream of creative ideas in two sections. Part I, "Imagination," tells the story behind the artwork from germination through to the final sleeve design, supported by a wide array of archival materials. Part II, "Realization," contains beautiful and extremely photographic portraits of the musicians the agency counted as clients. Several of these images were taken but not used for projects and have remained buried in archives ever since. The book is filled with playful, abstract compositions from a remarkably prolific collective that redefined the possibilities of concept driven art and design.
Artist(s):Hipgnosis (firm); Thorgerson, Storm; Powell, Aubrey
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — Post-1970 — Photography, Graphic Design — Women Artists
Plans: 70,54
Worldwide Number: 161533
Hardcover $60.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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