Serge Gainsbourg considered popular music as a minor art compared to painting and sculpture. While record covers are true products of the pop culture, they sometimes borrowed to the fine arts. Numerous examples of sleeves are obvious imitations or reproductions of famous works of art, denoting either a genuine devotion or a deliberate attempt to gain artistic credit (or both). In return, some contemporary figures in the visual arts fairly understood the benefit in contributing, directly or not, to popular music, and thus reaching a much larger audience. How many rock fans discovered Andy Warhol with the famous Velvet Underground banana ? This website is about record covers and arts.

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Rothko's white cloud

Mark Rothko

White Cloud (1956)

Steve Lacy

Sands (1998)

Friedrich's contemplative paintings

Caspar David Friedrich

Zwei Männer in Betrachtung des Mondes (1819-20)

Joe Walsh

The Confessor


Caspar David Friedrich

Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer (1818)

Joe Walsh

The Confessor (back)


Ed Ruscha's Sand in the Vaseline

Ed Ruscha

Sand in the Vaseline (1974)

Talking Heads

Popular Favorites 1976-1992/Sand in the Vaseline (1992)