V as Vinyl, V as Vasarely
Victor Vasarely, the father of the Op'Art movement is also the godfather of many vinyl covers, characterized by dancing geometrical figures.
Vasarely, the father of optical art or Op'Art.
His geometry is a universal language, accessible to everyone and applied to everything.
The artwork of Vasarely applied to vinyl covers provides music with a further dimension.
In the plastic art world of Vasarely, music benefits from a special standpoint where space and time merge within a common vocabulary: rythm, dance, fragmentation, serial composition, speed, rotation, lightness...
One sees what one hears, or the reverse, one hears what one sees...
The covers designed by Vasarely
The most famous cover designed by Vasarely
The most famous cover by Vasarely is the album cover of the second Lp David Bowie. This album was called David Bowie when it was released in the U.K. in 1969 (by Philips), then Man of Words / Man of Music in the USA (by Mercury) and finally Space Oddity in 1972 (reissued by RCA).
Album covers from contemporary music
- Terretektorh / Nomos Gamma by Iannis Xenakis (60ies)
- Kontakte For Electronic Sounds, Piano And Percussion / Refrain For Three Instrumentalists by Aloys Kontarsky, Christoph Caskel, Karlheinz Stockhausen (1968)
Covers for classical music albums:
- Trio Syrinx by the Trio Syrinx (1987)
- Chamber Concerto For 11 Instruments / Symphonic Variations by Neils Viggo Bentzon / The Royal Danish Orchestra under Jerzy Semkow.
The Deutsche Grammophon has reissued her classical music catalogue and used Vasarely's artwork for the covers of their CDs.
For more information...
>> Exhibition about Vasarely Sharing shapes until May 6th 2019 at the Pompidou Centre in Paris
>> Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence (South of France)
>> Book :
- Vasarely by Victor Vasarely et Marcel Joray, Éditions du Griffon, Neuchâtel, 1965
- Vasarely, interview with the artist by Jean-Louis Ferrier, Éditions Belfond, Paris, 1969
- Vasarely by Werner Spies,Vasarely, Editions du cercle d'art, , Paris, 1971
- Vasarely ... inconnu, by Victor Vasarely and Marcel Joray, Éditions du Griffon, Neuchâtel, 1977